Texas Homeowner Faces Fines After Car Hits Home
Imagine someone driving their car into your home, causing major damage and disrupting your life. Now imagine how you would feel if just days later the city sends you a letter warning you of fines for having a hole in your home.
For one Texan, that's exactly what is going on.
The homeowner in Austin had his home hit by a driver last month at 2:30 in the morning. According to KXAN, the homeowner tried to help get the driver out of the car but couldn't get past all the rubble in the guest bedroom where a Honda Civic now sat.
Fortunately, no one was injured, but ten days after the crash, homeowner got a letter from the City of Austin warning of fines due to the damage to the house according to KXAN.
Despite all the damage, Newby wasn’t injured. But he did experience more of an insult to injury when, about 10 days later, he went to check his mail and found a letter from the city. It was for code violations for the status of his house. Even worse, the letter was dated the day of the crash.
“There’s two different violations,” Newby said. “One for having a hole in my house and one for having no window.”
The letter explained Newby had 30 days to get his house in order or face consequences, including as much as a $2,000 fine per violation, per day.
“It felt tone deaf to me,” Newby said. “I’m in violation for being a victim.”
Fortunately, the City will work with the homeowner about the situation, but sending a letter that quickly does seem a bit harsh.