Message - Re: what r the major problems in todays housing????

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Posted by  peter Kou on December 25, 2002 at 13:20:18:

In Reply to:  Re: what r the major problems in todays housing???? posted by Bruce Jennings on December 17, 2002 at 11:29:35:

Of structural belt and braces things do get carried too far in the hands of bureaucrats who can always get you on the black and white of printed codes without the need to exercise the nut; indeed its safe to be just sitting on the high horse wearing polished boots. Worse still when people miscontrue enforcement for a little of the stuff under the table as enlightened health and safety.

On the WEB elsewhere, I have read that the codes can render the owner in "living hell", trying to rehabiltate his own house; the domain that used to be "the Englishman's castle".

Now in one County of a great state of America, one code enforcer "did not get his qualification for mechanical inspection for nothing", has given hell to the present owner of a 140 year-old house. A central heating system is being forced onto this house which has two original wood burning brick fireplaces. The heat generated is not thermostatically controlled. Therefore it does not count as heating for the occupants.

Transgression of Human Rights. I would use this phrase as being closest to the unwitting abuse of authority, long enjoyed unchallenged by the power that be. When a man's castle becomes his place of living hell, one has to ask what amendment is further needed to cover some loopholes of ealier amendments of the great Constitution. Code enforcers encourage, urge, that "suspecting" neighbours become "whistle blowers". As a result neighbours do not talk to each other nor do they offer the ready neighbourly hand.

SO todays housing does not generate community, a house does not become a home for people in this great County.

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