MemberSince99 wrote:I'm not necessarily against ALL codes and regulations, but here is one example that I find ludicrous and intrustive - if you install new doors you need a permit.
Seriously, doors? I bet no one bothers with it. I certainly don't plan to. I can handle my own door buying and replacement, thank you very much. In fact I took off and planed the bottoms of several doors in my place because they were hitting on the carpeting and put them back on, andyou know what? My home hasn't collapsed as of this noon when i went home for lunch.
That's the sort of ridiculous I'm talking about, and the depth and instrusiveness of it really is just bizarre. I don't mean safety things I mean pretty much damn near anything and everything you can do short of painting and I'm surprised that isn't in there maybe I just overlooked it. Even landscaping requires a permit.
Who needs a homeowner's association to run your life when your city government is happy to do that for you.
Doors are important - fire rated doors can keep a blaze contained in the garage or furnace room long enough for you to escape from the house. I bet your regulations specify the thickness and fire-rating of drywall for certain areas of the home as well.
Landscaping regulations probably relate to water use and non-native species.
There are reasons for most of these regulations. Reason #1 is generally that some idiot did a DIY job improperly and the consequences were enough to get the city or state involved. So, don't get pissed at the city; get pissed at the moron who installed hollow-core doors and 1/2" gypsum in his garage and died when his house burned down.
CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Only governments can truly own real estate in common law countries (like the US). What most people have - fee simple ownership - is really more of a right to lease it with a lot of restrictions.
I'm not sure which countries allow true allodial ownership anymore.
You have a lot of interesting stuff in your brain.
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