This Man Fought for His Country, Now He’s Facing Arrest for Living Off-Grid on His Own Property

HUNTSVILLE, AL  –
A Huntsville man joined the military to fight for our rights, but now he says his own rights are being threatened.

A veteran and his girlfriend said their home was deemed ‘unsafe’ by city officials because they choose to live by self-sufficient means.
Tyler Truitt and his girlfriend Soraya Hamar are currently living within city limits but without city utilities.

Huntsville officials said that’s not allowed. The city filed a lawsuit against Truitt and Hamar, calling their self-sufficient lifestyle unsafe.

The couple says they’d rather be arrested than leave their land.

“We live out here off the grid, 100 percent self-sustaining,” Truitt said. “So I basically made all my utilities: I have my solar panels, I have my rainwater collection and stuff.”

The city doesn’t see that as a good thing.

“They say our house is a trailer, which is not allowed in city limits,” Truitt said.

City officials also took issue with Truitt’s off-the-grid lifestyle.

“They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is, they said, it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt explained.

The former military member says he just wants the freedoms he swore he’d protect.

“I took an oath that I would support and defend the constitution and the freedoms that entails, and I really feel like those are being trampled upon,” Truitt said.

Truitt is prepared to fight for his property. “You have to stand up for what you believe in. They could come out here today if they wanted to and take us to jail for trespassing if that’s what they want to call it and, you know, that’d be fine with me. I’ll still come back the next day and the next day and the next day because it’s my home and because I live here. Where else am I supposed to go really?”

We reached out to Huntsville Utilities and Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion. So far, neither have responded.

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8 thoughts on “This Man Fought for His Country, Now He’s Facing Arrest for Living Off-Grid on His Own Property

  • April 12, 2016 at 2:20 am
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    Strange that the article left out critical information: does he pay his taxes? What exactly does it mean when he says it is his land? Is there an ordinance against mobile homes? Is there a question as to what constitutes a mobile home?

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  • April 12, 2016 at 3:41 am
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    the reason why local governments dont like people living off grid is that they want the money a person would pay on utilities to go into their pockets through a percentage of taxes collected. if their not benifitting from it they dont want anyone else to either.

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  • April 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm
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    I WILL WRITE THIS IN CAPITOL LETTERS BECAUSE I AM VERY ANGRY !! THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN !! SCREW THE TAXES AND THE MONEY THAT THEY ARE NOT GETTING ! HAVEN’T WE PAID ENOUGH ! LEAVE US ALONE FFS. LIVING ON OR OFF THE GRID WHERE EVER YOU WANT SHOULD BE A GOD GIVEN RIGHT, NOT A CRIME !!! I BELIEVE THIS IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION AND PERSONAL FREEDOM RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD !! THIS GOVERNMENT IS THE ONE THAT IS COMMITTING THE CRIME NOT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED AND PAIDED MONEY TO THIS GOVERNMENT ALL THEIR LIVES AND THEY ARE THE ONES THAT SHOULD BE LOCKED UP NOT US. !!!!!

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  • April 13, 2016 at 7:05 am
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    all of the cities should change there laws and allow people to live the way we want .. we are supposed to have freedom. why are we not allowed to.. i can see if they were nasty and dirty. but they are not. so really ..

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  • April 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm
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    I would want to find out which came first, his land and his lifestyle, or the city limits having expanded around him. If he was there first why can’t he be grandfathered in??

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  • April 14, 2016 at 10:35 pm
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    Here in Flint, Michigan we have the same sort of law except the water is super expensive and unsafe to drink. Seems like they are pretty open about our job is to provide for the wealth of the “one precenters”.

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  • April 22, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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    THEY SHOULD FILE A MOTION TO ‘SHOW CAUSE’ i.e. prove in court that their contentions of safety issues are based in scientific fact. If they are based in ‘wesayso’ or political or economic factors the court should tell the city to shove it up their sewer.

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