US city officials have sued landowners over a tiny community they created.
Chiefs in Vallejo, California, want to erect fences to ensure land doesn’t repopulate on strips of land near waterways.
Chat Alberto built a three-story tiny house on a headland near a creek near White Slough — a basin in San Francisco’s Bay Area, per The Vallejo Sun.
His home consists of a storage room and two rooms located on the upper floors.
He revealed that members of the small home village help shop for groceries and cook meals.
However, court documents obtained by the Vallejo Sun have revealed that the headland has been the subject of complaints for decades.
Locals have complained about homeless people camping on the property.
City officials have blasted the property owner, claiming they “allowed uninhabited persons to camp on the properties in a location that is visible from the public right of way and constitutes a public nuisance.”
Chat told The Vallejo Sun that if evicted, residents of the tiny development would move to another piece of land.
He said: “People just go around in circles and move from one place to another until we get kicked out again and then again until we’re back in the same place.”
Chat revealed that this has been the case for around 15 years.
However, water agency officials worry that trash and human waste could threaten the water supply.
emails Research, seen by The US Sun, shows that San Francisco Bay’s regional water quality control agencies have been raising concerns about the environmental impact of the homeless camps for months.
Public works officials have sent out letters ordering the “cleansing” of the properties and the removal of the homeless.
Officers were also asked about the latest on the eviction process and the resettlement of residents.
White Slough was a 19th-century tidal wetland near San Francisco Bay and officials said it was a “critical floodplain”.
The open water environment is a home for waterfowl and a nesting site for wildlife.
The northern part of White Slough is home to endangered species like the California red-legged frog and the California black-necked curlew, according to The Vallejo flood and sewage district.
The US Sun has reached out to the city of Vallejo for comment.