Florida ordinance prohibits family from residing in RV March 15, 2010
A recent article, published by Wink News, highlights the unique dilemmas and offshoot problems many families are facing, in light of the Chinese drywall issue. When Chinese drywall is found to exist in a home, the issues that arise sometimes go much deeper than finding a new place to reside (as if that were not a complicated issue enough). Ordinances and other laws have financial implications.
A Cape Coral family recently learned they would have to gut their home to rid it of toxic Chinese drywall. After discovering their home contained the problem drywall, they decided to make a financially responsible move: they decided to live in an RV they parked in the driveway of their home. Not only did they move into a smaller, tighter, less desirable living space – they also performed high intensity labor. They undertook such tasks as removing ceiling fans, carpet, and electrical outlets. They removed these components so that later, they could remove the drywall that is at the root of their drywall woes.
While the hard work combined with the transition from a home into an RV is enough of a burden in and of itself, Cape Coral has an ordinance that only allows an RV to stay in such a place for a period of ten days.
The homeowner, as quoted by the source, stated “At the present time, we have a petition with the council to change the ordinance on these RV’s so it will allow people to . . . have somewhere to go.” According to the source, the family had to move from the home due to respiratory symptoms and corrosion.