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Old 12-15-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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My next door neighbor lived in his cellar for three years while he saved enough to frame up the house. That year it was weather tight. Then he continued to live in the cellar another year. They moved upstairs the following summer. They were debt free when they moved upstairs. The town that prohibited a property owner from living in his own home ought to just give up their town charter. They have no regard for human rights.

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Old 12-15-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Shapleigh, ME
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Personally, I wouldn't care if my neighbor lives in a hollow log. My standards are a little higher, but I'd figure it's his business. I'm tired of living where I have to worry about what the neighbors think. Can't wait to move!
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My next door neighbor lived in his cellar for three years while he saved enough to frame up the house. That year it was weather tight. Then he continued to live in the cellar another year. They moved upstairs the following summer. They were debt free when they moved upstairs. The town that prohibited a property owner from living in his own home ought to just give up their town charter. They have no regard for human rights.

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Nope. I ain't saying nothing.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I have "neighbors" in expensive appearing homes and "neighbors" in old mobile homes with tarps on the roof. My house was someones "camp". The only thing that bothers me is wishing I could afford to help the less fortunate "neighbors".
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Cashtown, PA
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I have lived in my business in various states - namely Colorado and Massachusetts. Why pay extra rent when there is a perfectly good place to put a sleeping space, shower and bathroom? Yes, it wasn't legal and I wasn't about to find out for a fact if it was or not!

Cops knew I was there, but they knew me and were willing to leave well enough alone - checked to make sure I was ok periodically. I wasn't the only store owner that lived out of their business.

People do what they got to do to get by. Nowadays I have a house and storefront...guess I still live out of my store, technically
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:25 AM
 
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I don't know about already-built homes, but for new construction a Certificate of Occupancy is required before you officially move in. I believe the code enforcement officer does a final check and it's not considered a big deal. This is in Oxford County, although I believe it's not a County thing, but rather the specific town that sets this rule in place.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:21 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Best bet? Check with teh town to find out if it's in the zoning ordinance.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Many towns in Maine have no zoning. My town has no zoning. In my town the most expensive home has an older 2 bedroom mobile home next door. The builder of the expensive home was a retired prosperous potato farmer. The man next door never accumulated any wealth, but he got by adequately. Those two old gents went to school together and hunted and fished together all their lives. Why should government tell them they can't be neighbors?
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Many towns in Maine have no zoning. My town has no zoning. In my town the most expensive home has an older 2 bedroom mobile home next door. The builder of the expensive home was a retired prosperous potato farmer. The man next door never accumulated any wealth, but he got by adequately. Those two old gents went to school together and hunted and fished together all their lives. Why should government tell them they can't be neighbors?
Now that is 'Maine'!

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Old 09-08-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Personally, I wouldn't care if my neighbor lives in a hollow log. My standards are a little higher, but I'd figure it's his business. I'm tired of living where I have to worry about what the neighbors think. Can't wait to move!
Living in a hollow log?

I may know that guy
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