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City Condemns Woman’s Mini Home After Reading About it in Newspaper

Mom had built the 192-square-foot home for her daughter, The Gazette reports.

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A Gaithersburg woman is upset that a miniature home she built for her daughter was condemned by Gaithersburg officials who only learned about the project after reading about it in The Gazette.

The 192-square-foot home was condemned Jan. 16, but the city’s chief of permits and inspections told the newspaper no one had physically visited the home.

He reportedly said in an email, that “based on the article and pictures” in a December issue of The Gazette, city officials were able to determine that the structure had been “modified without permission,” which is a problem because city’s zoning laws don’t permit more than one residence on a lot in this particular neighborhood.

>>> See: Gaithersburg condemns local woman’s backyard structure without physical inspection at Gazette.net.

Trevor Gryffyn January 28, 2014 at 09:31 AM
I guess "mother in law suites" are illegal then? What if it was attached to the main house... might have required different permits, I guess, but there's gotta be a way to make this "legal".

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