A TENANT has said he doesn’t believe it was his fault after being evicted from his tiny home three years ago.
Teacher Griffin Kelley was among dozens of residents who were booted from their home Houses who sued the owners in an out-of-court settlement in 2022.
He told the ABC affiliate WMUR that the residents “were the sole and only ones to be punished by the city for any missteps that happened along the way”.
They were evicted from their home for security reasons.
Chief Ed Walker of the Peterborough Fire Service said the cabs were powered by extension cords.
He told WMUR, “The extension cords are daisy-chained from building to building and power them.”
Walker claims gas and propane tanks that had been installed did not receive approval from fire department officials.
Officials feared the violations of the code would put the occupiers at “immediate risk”.
The fire chief described the timing of the evacuations as “terrible,” but told New Hampshire Public Radio they were necessary because of security breaches.
Walker said the village also violated the city’s zoning and planning codes, as reported by the Monadnock Ledger Transcript.
Residents said they had lived peacefully in the tiny home village for 12 years.
Renters could rent the properties for between $495 and $1,400 per month, and they shared laundry and Cook facilities.
Griffin was among four residents who filed a lawsuit following their eviction Concord monitor.
They sued Akhil Garland, the landlord of Walden Eco Village, for damages relating to security deposits, moving expenses, towing expenses, storage fees and future rents.
Garland announced in June 2022 that the lawsuit had been settled out of court.
He said: “The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential but I can report that I have felt very supportive of the judge and am very pleased with the settlement and the fact that it is behind us and that I can focus my time better and Energy to realize the future potential of Walden and its ability to positively impact our city.”