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Woman in turf war over tree house in Miami-Dade

Posted at 10:20 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 23:55:51-04

A woman who lives in a tree house in Miami-Dade County has been ordered to bring her lofty quarters up to building code.

Shawnee Chasser, 65, has lived in the tree top bungalow on Joshua Way and Be Here Now Street for 25 years.

The county received a complaint from a neighbor that Chasser is running a commune.

The Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources has cited the purple-haired flower child numerous times for permit violation.

The department calls the tree house "substandard construction"  and that it's "improperly running electricity".

Officials also says "plumbing on a property presents a hazard not just to those on the property, but also to neighbors".

They are giving Chasser 120 days to bring her home up to code or it could be demolished.

"They've come in like petty tyrants and want to pretty much take down the whole place," said Chasser.

The self-proclaimed hippie said her tree house is up to code, but she is getting help from an architect.

"He's organizing a whole crew of engineers and trying to make it all legal," said Chasser.

If the violations at the organic abode are not corrected by the deadline, the home could come down.

Chasser said she is not going down without a fight.

"Well, then we all come and chain myself and everybody else to the tree house."

Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami. 

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