After a Florida woman appeared on the local news to talk about her alternative lifestyle living off the grid – without electricity or running water – she received an eviction notice from the City of Cape Coral.
City officials say Robin Speronis’ house violates international property maintenance code, claiming the property is unsafe to live in.
Speronis questions how the code enforcement officer could know that having never set foot inside her house.
“A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” Speronis told WFTX-TV.
“Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable,” she added.
“Sounds like the city feels that this is an unsanitary situation,” said WFTX reporter Lisa Fernandez.
“How would they know?” Speronis asked. “They have never been inside.”
The city code compliance manager told Fernandez that the home was tagged because it has no running water or electricity, but neither are part of the code cited by the city on the notice.
“Where is the justice? Why did they choose me,” she asked, “I was exercising my First Amendment rights of free speech in discussing living off the grid.”
An attorney offered to take Robin’s case pro bono.
“I’m going to bring this to the attention of anyone who will listen until justice is served,” she said.
Cape Coral told the TV station that if Speronis can prove she can sustain her life and the home without running water or electricity, they that may be able to come to an agreement.