A HOMEOWNER has been caught off guard when she was fined just one month after buying her condemned home.
The user (@Keshhh) says that her city considers a house “condemned” if it is “distressed with two or more code violations.”
She mentioned that her city requires residents to be registered to a condemned house list if they are living in that type of house.
Residents also must register for the list as soon as they move in.
However, she was under the impression that they could move in and fix it up within a few months without registering her house on the list.
“That was a complete surprise to us.
“No one had told us it was gonna be immediate,” she said in the video.
“But, we did know eventually that if we did not fix it up, we would have to be added to this mythical abandoned house list,” she added.
The woman also explained that you must pay $500 to register to the list and continue to pay every three months that you’re on the list.
“They consider it a registration fee, not a fine, but lets call it what it is, it’s a fine,” she said.
Many users took to the comments, outraged over the rule.
“This 100% would stop anyone wanting to buy a property and fix if up or even neighborhood,” one user wrote.
“Just another way for the government to steal your money,” another person shared.
“I would not be paying that myself,” a third person added.
In the comments, she clarified that you must pay $500 every three months until you can received a temporary occupancy permit.
“Which basically means the house is livable but not done yet,” she wrote.
In other news, a Florida man was hit with $30,000 in fines by his city of Dunedin about 25 miles west of Tampa.
In July 2018, the man left his home in Dunedin for South Carolina for two weeks to deal with his late mother’s estate.
During that time, he did not mow his lawn after the man who took care of his property unexpectedly died.
Nearly a year had passed, and the man said he was unaware of any fines from the city.
He said he only learned of the fines when a code enforcement official making rounds in his neighborhood told him to expect a “big bill from the city,” according to a lawsuit he filed against the city.
“It’s just ridiculous to be allowed to run up fines for such excessive amounts for something as minor as tall grass,” the man said.