Is living off the Grid now a crime?

Living Of The Grid Is Now Illegal In Some States

Apparently living off the grid, off the land, and without government assistance is now a crime that can land you in jail, and cause you to lose your home.

Off-Grid Home in Los Angeles County, California

Government officials across the country are forming so-called “nuisance abatement teams” to intimidate people into giving up their land, and force off-grid home owners to conform to the government’s demands and hook back into the grid. Counties across the country are actually jailing people for choosing to live the off-grid lifestyle.

Living off the grid declared Illegal in many areas of the Country

In the deserts around Los Angeles County, California, Off-Grid residents are being targeted, arrested, and intimidated into to hooking back into the gird.

I was alerted to these videos by a reader, and was troubled and sickened by what the poor people in the California Desert are being forced to deal with. From being threatened with jail time if they don’t hook back into the grid, to being thrown in jail because the county didn’t like the look of their homes or land, the people in the deserts of Los Angeles County are being terrorized by their local government.

Instituted in 2006 by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors’ Nuisance Abatement Teams have been targeting and jailing residents for victimless misdemeanors and code violations.

Code enforcement teams have been hitting unincorporated areas of L.A. County hard, leaving local off-gridders unsure of what the future holds. Local residents are freighted that they may lose not only their homes, but their freedom as well.

It’s a sad day when living off your own land becomes a crime. Please spread the word because cases like this are increasing at an alarming rate.

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3 thoughts on “Is living off the Grid now a crime?

  • May 26, 2016 at 2:49 am

    In Michigan our state rep Al Pecholka is trying very hard to make it illegal for a homeowner to put up solar panels and then use them for their own electricity. What he is proposing is that people with solar collectors on their homes would sell their power to the power company at wholesale rates and then buy it back from the electric company at regular rates. Shameful!

  • May 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    We found out the hard way that occasionally spending the night in a camper or tent on our farm (where we live in a 2001 2-story brick house) in SE Va. is also against the law. Zoning ordinance prohibits any overnight camping outside of a permitted, commercial campground. Permit fee is $1,350.00, on top of our heavy taxes. We won’t pay any more! Sued the county over it and lost in Circuit Court. Freedom is truly dead in Amerika! Read here:

  • May 31, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I know this is a favorite issue for people to scare each other with, but I think it is way overblown.

    The reality is that these laws were not passed at all with homesteaders or people living off the grid in mind. They were passed along with many other codes and regulations to make sure we don’t end up with slums, shanty towns, dangerous living conditions, etc.

    The problem is relatively easy to avoid for people whose interest is actually to live off the grid. You either apply for a variance, allowing the non-zoned use of the land, or you simply hook up to the services, but don’t use them. While you have to be connected to an approved water supply system, nothing requires you to actually use the water.


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