Dan Alexander constructed a well recognized tree house a few years back. He had some experience in carpentry and so referenced a book to create the structure that now exists in his backyard. This civil rights lawyer has wanted this structure since he was a child. However, he has encountered some legal kickback from his local community of officials.
Soon after constructing the tree house, he began renting it to out via Airbnb. Travelers gained use of the house for $195 per night. After over a year of conducting business through this service, officials began asking more questions. The tree house got assessed for its compliance with municipal ordinances. Afterward, Alexander had to pay about $1000 of electrical upgrades. Additionally, his area is considering instituting rules that would restrict the creation of anything similar to what he created.
Alexander’s tree house reaches 196-square-feet to which he made available for $195 per night through Airbnb. He was allowed to do this because technically he rents a room in his home and allows full use of the backyard including the tree house. This decision that Dan Alexander made lead officials to consider increasing the overall property tax bill. Some are saying that if his structure was located somewhere other than a tree, it would have been considered a second residence on the same piece of land. This new angle was something town leadership never considered and so naturally, new provisions will arise.
The treehouse is located in suburban Chicago. His friend and son assisted in creating the structure. To view and read more about this architectural creation, visit the original article here.