Man facing years in prison for placing simple off-the-grid cabin on his own property

Natural News – by Isabelle Z

A California man is facing criminal charges for erecting a small dwelling off the grid on property that he owns.

Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart purchased the 8,422-square-foot piece of land on Los Angeles’ Flat Top Hill in a city auction in December. With no electricity or water hook-ups, it sold for a cheap $21,300. Rhinehart spent a further $1,500 buying a red shipping container to place on the land and adding a portable toilet and solar power. His aim was to create a minimalist home featuring graywater recycling, solar panels, and a septic tank.  

Rhinehart offered to move the structure to a different location after complaints from neighbors, but the city had already started to file the charges. He is due in court on September 7 for arraignment. He is facing a $4,000 fine and could even end up spending two years in prison.

Rhinehart is disappointed by the city’s actions. He pointed out that he has spent thousands of dollars improving the land, removing garbage from it, and even mowing the grass on the entire hilltop.

City Attorney Mike Feuer says that unpermitted structures not only pose a safety risk, but they can also be unsightly and adversely affect a neighborhood’s quality of life. Of course, the fact hat Rhinehart does not intend to connect it to the government-regulated grid with its associated fees is probably the biggest motivator behind the legal action.

Rhinehart asked where the city was when the property was vandalized, saying that someone placed graffiti on the structure and smashed his windows. The shipping container has also attracted trespassers, who neighbors say gather there and engage in undesirable behavior.

On his blog, Rhinehart issued an apology to his neighbors. He said: “As a first time property owner, the container was meant to be an experiment in sustainable housing. In the future, I will ensure that I do my due diligence with regard to all city and neighborhood regulations. Flat Top Hill is a gem of Los Angeles, and I intend to make only positive contributions to the neighborhood and community going forward.”

Rhinehart embraces minimalist lifestyle

He says that if Los Angeles allows him to proceed, he will obtain the appropriate permits from the city to reinstall the existing structure or a “new iteration” of it, which he will surround by a fence to provide privacy and security.

Rhinehart is the inventor of Soylent, a meal replacement beverage designed to meet all of an adult’s nutritional requirements. He embraces a minimalist lifestyle and avoids using the alternating current electrical grid. He doesn’t use a kitchen, saying on his blog that they are “expensive and dirty.” He eats only Soylent at home and drinks red wine because it does not require refrigeration. He uses a camping butane stove when he wants tea or coffee, and he runs his computer off of a solar system. For entertainment, he enjoys the great outdoors or reads books. With this type of lifestyle, it’s easy to see why the lack of hook-ups did not deter him from buying the property.

Authorities harassing those who wish to live off-grid

The incident calls to mind the situation in Costilla County, Colorado. Hundreds of people have been buying up land there to try to live off-grid, and they are being harassed by county authorities because of their lifestyle. People there are required to get permits to camp on their land, and these permits are often not even granted, making it illegal for these people to actually live on their own property!

It’s clear that many authorities feel very threatened by people who are looking to reduce their reliance on the grid, whether it’s a complete lifestyle change or simply a safe place to keep storable foods in case of emergency. In a free country like America, shouldn’t people be allowed to live a self-reliant lifestyle on their own land if they choose?

Sources include:

TheFreeThoughtProject.com

NaturalNews.com

MNN.com

TheGuardian.com


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10 thoughts on “Man facing years in prison for placing simple off-the-grid cabin on his own property

  1. OWN LAND? YOU DONT “OWN” SHIT……. NOT EVEN THE CLOTHES ON YOUR BACK.. THE ONLY THING “YOU” CAN “OWN” IS YOUR “SOUL”……… DONT LET EM HAVE IT…. DONT SELL IT…… AS THE WICKED HAVE DONE FOR MAMMON……………..FIGHT DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FREEDOM STARTS ON THE INSIDE~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. “… THE ONLY THING “YOU” CAN “OWN” IS YOUR “SOUL”…”

      Disagree.

      ‘They’ don’t own our guns, either.

        1. They believe that they do own your guns. 1. You are an assett who is owned and traded by the Federal Reserve, hence your SSN, lot no. So your property is also theirs. 2. They believe they can take our guns at their discretion.

          1. “They believe they can take our guns at their discretion.”

            Fine with me…I believe they’ll die trying.

            Molon labe.

  2. “Of course, the fact hat Rhinehart does not intend to connect it to the government-regulated grid with its associated fees is probably the biggest motivator behind the legal action.”

    DUH!!!

    “He says that if Los Angeles allows him to proceed, he will obtain the appropriate permits from the city…”

    BEG, SLAVE!

    1. There are no permits to escape the matrix. The moment you try, you are then classified as a homeless indigent in need of ‘re-education’.

  3. The Vatican claims ownership of your soul.
    The Vatican has salvage rights to your soul
    Salvage is the root of salvation.
    I have read their claim is in a Papal Bull that is written on the skins of sacrificed children.

  4. If’n you do not pay yer ‘lectric bill, they’s gonna shut you off. Don’t that make you off grid, then? And a criminal on accounta having no ‘lectricity on??
    Making criminals out of thin air, just to help cover diminishing revenues from a dwindling tax base.

    P.S. Over 100 golf courses in Palm Springs, CA – the DESERT
    wait, what?…Google it, you’ll shit yer pants

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