Jackhammer brings public awareness to decades long encroachment dispute

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Safe Haven Realty CalBRE# 01433049


fence through carport


Well, here is something you don't see every day. A home owner in Santa Rosa is fed up with the City for not requiring the removal of a carport that was built without permits. The biggest issue at hand, says the home owner, is that the carport was built across his property line, reducing the size of his yard by 200 square feet.

After more than 40 years and multiple owners, the current home owner saw an opportunity when Bank of America foreclosed on the offending structure. He rented a jackhammer and made 15 holes in the asphalt, installed metal stakes and ran wire from the sidewalk to the back of the carport.

The home owner has spent over $30,000 fighting this problem, he has had enough. I don't blame him. If a City is not going to intervene when a neighbor builds an unpermitted structure on your property, then they are sending a clear message that we don't have something called "property rights".

This dispute should have been handled 4 decades ago. This property should never have been allowed to sell in previous years with the existence of known violations. I'm hoping the City of Santa Rosa does the right thing and forces Bank of America to remove or reduce the size of the carport.

This story should be a huge warning to home buyers everywhere. Do NOT buy a home with unpermitted additions. You will be inheriting any problems that surface in the future as if it was YOU who did the illegal work. Unpermitted work can be made legal, given enough money and possibly some upgrades to bring any additions up to today's building codes. This, however, is a situation that must be dealt with PRIOR to closing.

 

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Cynthia Larsen is the owner and broker of record for Safe Haven Realty and has worked and lived in Sonoma County for over 25 years. For more information about Sonoma County, check out the commuinites of Bodega Bay - Cotati - Rohnert Park - Santa Rosa - Windsor.

 

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Cynthia Larsen
Broker/Owner - Safe Haven Realty

Sonoma County, California, USA
(707) 332-2560

www.cynthialarsen.com


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Rainmaker
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John M. Scott
Broker / Owner San Francisco Real Estate
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This is just incredible Cynthia. Why would the city allow this for so long when it is so clear. 

November 01, 2011 11:46 PM
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Paul Henderson
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I love it, now that is a great story of Americana. The homeowners answer to boycott Wall Street! 

November 02, 2011 10:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
Safe Haven Realty

Donne - I'm not sure, but there is a hearing the middle of this month. B of A has been encouraged to attend since they are the new owner of the home with the numerous violations. I have a feeling it will be sorted out soon, now that this story landed on the front page of our local newspaper. This street is one of the most expensive in Santa Rosa and is also a historical district. Oops.

John - I'm not sure how hard this fight has been fought until now. The jackhammer incident brought this to light ... who knew??

Paul - I'm loving it too. Enough is enough.

November 02, 2011 12:26 PM
Rainer
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Forest Tardibuono
Sun Pacific Mortgage & Real Estate

Wow is right! It's like the real life version of sitcom problems "You're tree is dropping leaves on my property!". I cannot believe that this problem has persisted to this length of time, that's insane. Props to the neighbor for attempting to handle the unpermitted structure. What's a home owner to do?

November 09, 2011 02:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Larsen
Sonoma County Real Estate Broker
Safe Haven Realty

Sun Pacific - Isn't this wild?

November 09, 2011 07:37 PM
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