U.S. veteran Dennis Kocher says he was told by the Lake of the Pines Homeowners Association that he cannot build furniture for needy military families in his Nevada County, California garage.
If Kocher doesn't stop building free cabinets and dressers, he could be fined between $100 and $1,000, notes Yahoo! News. He has been building the furniture for military families in need for a decade.
“I may not paint, sand, cut wood or screw on the property at anytime,” Kocher told CBS Sacramento.
“Everyone who received my furniture or responsible for dispersing it gave me this gift and it’s something I’ll treasure forever,” Kocher added. “I don’t make a profit. The money I spend is my own money, my own time and talents and I build it to give to the Beale [Air Force Base]."
Kocher was originally told that he had to get a business permit, which he did in 2012, but the homeowners association came up with a new complaint.
“Now they’ve come back to me and said I’m producing odors and noxious fumes,” Kocher stated.
It's not Kocher's neighbors who are complaining. In fact, they've written letters in his support.
Kocher is going to appeal his case to the homeowners association at an Aug. 5 meeting.