Tiny houses and converting garage space into such things as man caves and additional rooms designed to entertain are all the rage. In the trend of tiny houses, many homeowners are converting detached garages into small homes to either rent out or to allow family to move in. When making such revisions or construction, however, one probably needs the permission of local governments as permits and such are typically required. The BBC News reports on how you probably do not want to go about building a small dwelling on your property.
39-year-old Hamdi Almasri and 37-year-old Reeta Herzallah converted a garage on their property to a small dwelling.
However, that is not what the council planners had authorized the couple to do. They had been authorized to complete construction on the caveat that parking facilities, which included the garage, be available permanently.
Instead, the couple went to great lengths to conceal the work that had actually been done, which included unauthorized access to a local carriageway. The couple had a fake garage door that could be put up on the front of the small home to confuse authorities.
They were caught after a member of the public made a complaint. Police came to the home in Enderby, Leicestershire and discovered the charade.
The couple was convicted of a series of planning breaches. They were ordered to pay a £700 fine, £1,252 in legal costs and a £77 victim surcharge. The couple has also been ordered to restore the garage.