By: Conservative Woman
Port Charlotte authorities charge $500 fine for painting a house
Investors Beware: In a depressed housing market, city officials are hell bent on making money on your dime.
“I bought a house for investment purposes in Port Charlotte, Florida about two months ago, in early October,” said real estate investor, Randy Kluge.
The house needed a new roof, so I proceeded to get a permit, he said. “The two city inspections of the roof passed and no structural changes were needed.”
I decided to complete minor drywall updates and paint the house, he said. “That is when all hell broke loose.”
“I received a call from city official Lorraine Lundblad, a certified contractor licensing investigator who is employed by the city of Port Charlotte,” he said.
She advised that I needed to be a licensed painter in order to paint my own house that I purchased with my own money, Kluge said. “It is outrageous that I am not permitted to paint my own house.”
This is my money, my investment, but it is not up to me, it is up to the government what I can and cannot do, he said.
This smacks of an authoritative dictatorship, not a constitutional Republic, he said.
Before going into her office I inquired over the phone whether this is real, because I was shocked at the claim that I was not permitted to paint my own property, he said. “She intimated that we could work out a deal.”
As soon as I walked into her office to discuss the specifics of the law, and whether a fine is appropriate, she served me a fine issuance in the amount of $500, Kluge said.
“I was told I needed a permit to paint my own property,” he said.
My advice to investors all across the state of Florida is this: Do not invest in Port Charlotte. The city government are thieves and play loose with the truth, he said.
“If the city government can produce laws that fine investors for painting their own house, then the city should not get our business,” he said.