Woman Who Lives “Off the Grid” Threatened With Eviction – From Her Paid-For Home

Robin Speronis, a Florida woman who lives off the grid, is being threatened with losing her home due to her “alternative lifestyle”.

Last month, Robin’s story was featured on Fox 4 news in Florida. She does not have a refrigerator, oven, running water, or electricity.

Robin explains her decision to live off the grid:

“It was an interest in empowering myself, like we did when we got off the health care system. I wanted to look at every other part of my lifestyle and say, do I need this? Is this of value to me? If it went away tomorrow, what would I do? The more I got into it, the more exciting, the more of an adventure it became. My message was to create, so I created a happy place… a place where I get up, and I’m like this is beautiful.”

Most of what Robin owns was free, donated, or bought for next to nothing.

She cooks on a propane camping stove, and her electronics run on solar-charged batteries.

Robin gets her water from rain barrels. She uses a colloidal-silver generator to disinfect the rain water:

“I plug this into my inverter and my battery pack. This light will get brighter and brighter as silver micro particles are suspended in the water. It’s natures antibiotic,” she explains.

Unfortunately (but not surprisingly), after Robin was featured on the local news, authorities took notice: the day after the feature, Robin was slapped with a notice to vacate her property.

“A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter.”

The notice cites international property maintenance code and states the property is unsafe to be lived in. Robin said code enforcement has never been inside her home and would have no idea if her property is safe.

The city code compliance manager told Fox 4 that he tagged the home because it doesn’t have running water or electricity – but neither is mentioned as a requirement in the code cited by the city on the notice.

Robin said she owns her home free and clear and her taxes are up to date.

“Putting a woman who lives by herself, who is a widow, out on the street without any due process of law is unfathomable. Where is the justice? Why did they choose me…because I was exercising my First Amendment rights of free speech in discussing living off the grid.”

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Comment by Sweettina2 on December 20, 2013 at 2:45pm

This is part of the agenda, another part of the communist planks they are shoving down our throats: abolishing property rights. Thanks, sharing.

Comment by Anondroid on December 18, 2013 at 11:39am

she couldn't be hooked up to the grid and pay nothing.  they would still rip her a new butthole with government fees and service charges.  then they would tax her on top of those fees, as if the fees themselves weren't taxes. lol

Comment by Citizen Quasar on December 18, 2013 at 11:27am

Something just doesn't add up here.

Comment by Deep Space on December 18, 2013 at 8:35am

I suppose the woman could have electricity & water but just not use it. Shut off the circuit breaker & get a $0 bill every month.

Comment by Dave Svoboda on December 17, 2013 at 4:06pm

The report WAS very one sided.  Skeptical.  Not surprising for Fox News, though.  Surprised they didn't blame Obama for the whole thing.

Comment by Just Bill on December 17, 2013 at 2:59pm

What ... not even a hearing before the condemnation / eviction order? That's putting a little too much power in the hands of a single building inspector. (Or did the report skip that part?)

Comment by Dianne Orton on December 17, 2013 at 12:28pm

Here in Ontario Canada, our Water Bill also includes the sewer charges, and it appears this lady is using the toilet, even though she's flushing with rain water, charges are due for the use of sewers, if your billing is the same as here.      (when we water our gardens and lawns, we pay sewer charges based on the water used even though its not going down the drains.)

Comment by Not mainstreamer on December 17, 2013 at 8:50am

But running a propane camp stove indoors is just stupid.

They regularly use propane stoves for cooking in mediterranean area because it is cheaper. Propane has an odor added so it can be smelled.

she relies on firefighter

With that logic being fat, or exercising too little should be unlegal ... because ambulances cost money.

Comment by Dave Svoboda on December 17, 2013 at 8:31am
If she burns down her home, she relies on firefighters, the "grid" again, to save her ass and insure she doesn't light the neighborhood on fire. It's not just her. I'd really like to hear the other side of the story.
Comment by Old Denmark on December 17, 2013 at 6:34am

International Property Maintenance Code... A Member of the International Code Family.....WTF



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