Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 2 months ago

Can I live in a house with no utilities?

and never bother mowing my lawn?

Just shut off all the lights and plumbing and watch my yard be overtaken by weeds. Legal?

15 Answers

  • garry
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    no , council will step in and mow the lawn and charge you for it , after all there rules include you maintain the property .. if you refuse to pay the council then they can evict you and sell the property to pay there fines they give you , atleast you get whats left over if anything , after all you have to pay the bank too .

  • L
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    No.  You can, however, live off-grid in the middle of nowhere and it would be okay.

  • 2 months ago

    Maybe somewhere, but in most places in the US, zoning and other laws would make doing that very illegal.

  • 2 months ago

    Depends on the location and local laws & zoning codes. Also if you're in a homeowner association the rules can be enforced through legal action if necessary.

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  • 2 months ago

    Nope--not legal. You have to dispose of your sewage, your waste and in 99% of the locations you'd have a house in, mow your lawn. Otherwise your house will be condemned. A house without a water or power system is condemnable. Your neighbors would have a right to complain about the smell and mess. And trust me--they would. 

  • 2 months ago

    Technically yes - but basic utilities like power, heating and water are helpful 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No, not legal within city limits.  You will be fined by the city for the overgrown lawn/weeds.  Yes, you can live without lights and plumbing, if you want to.  But what are you going to do with your poo?  Your urine will start to stink after a while.  Dogs do a little.  Humans do a lot.  Too much for trees to survive.

  • 2 months ago

    In many places, not legal to let the yard be overtaken by weeds.

  • 2 months ago

    In some places, the city will eventually tell you that if you don't tidy up your overgrown property, the city will do it and send a bill. If you don't pay the bill, it may become a lien on the property and the lien will be paid when the property is sold. Or the charges are added to the property tax bill and if those taxes aren't paid the property can be seized. They'll get their money, one way or another, and the bill for clean-up will be a lot bigger than it would be if the owner of the property had done the clean-up.

    You can turn lights on or not, as you wish, no one cares if you stumble around in the dark, but having a house without any electric power hooked up to it is a different matter. In most places, it won't be legal to live in a house that does not have some things that are usually powered by electricity.

    A place may not care if you have running water or not, but what happens to your sewage is another matter. That, they care about very much. If you don't have water coming in and are connected to a conventional sewer system, disposal is going to be a problem.

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