What does it mean when a house is condemned?

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On 6/2/2011 2:41 AM, snipped-for-privacy@dotcom.com wrote:

You realize there are always (at least) two sides to every story, and that you've only heard one side. For all you know, you've been told only what little this fellow understands, or remembers. Or you may have been told a carefully-edited or creatively-enhanced account. You just don't know, until you hear the city's POV.
As for permission, that's the whole building codes thing. You live within an organized community, you agree to abide by whatever laws or rules the community establishes. So quit whining and follow the laws, or git.
From the photos, that house is not damaged

And what about utilities? It's not unusual for a municipality to condemn a home as unfit for habitation when utilities (especially water) are unavailable. Several tornado-struck communities have been dealing with broken water and gas lines that have rendered neighborhoods unhabitable for the time being. Once those repairs are done, service will be restored and people will be permitted to re-occupy homes that, though damaged, are otherwise habitable. You haven't mentioned the state of utilities in his neighborhood. Maybe your friend hasn't mentioned it to you. Maybe this is the reason his home has been (temporarily) condemned.

Why don't you phone the city and ask _them_ that question? They, and only they, have the answer. Well, actually, they probably shared that with your friend, too - and he probably "forgot" to tell that to you, because that'd derail his whine about how "unfair" the city is being to him.
Sheesh. If he's that gung-ho about remaining *on* his property for the duration, he should pitch a tent. Then again, if it _is_ a utilities issue behind the non-occupancy order, he won't be allowed to do that, either, until service is restored.
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A clear example of govt over-reaching. Ever hear of a generator? Utilites are nice, but clearly not a necessity. And if some disaster victim wanted to live in his house without utilities, I say it should be up to him, not guys like you, who think the typical guy is stupid and needs control freaks like you to decide for him.
>Several tornado-struck communities have been

I guess the idea that a man's home is his castle is foreign to you. How is it that people go camping without utilities? I guess big govt should ban that as unsafe too.

Typical. Instead of living in his own house, govt should force him into a tent.
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It's just political intrusion into private lives.
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