Woman living in tent on her property receives eviction notice

Brunswick County Code Enforcement handed Ingrid Larsen a final eviction notice. (Source: WECT)
Brunswick County Code Enforcement handed Ingrid Larsen a final eviction notice. (Source: WECT)

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Is it possible to be evicted from your own property? For Ingrid Larsen the answer is yes. She's been living in a tent on her property in Southport for the past four months.

Larsen's 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home was destroyed ten years ago when more than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage flooded into her home. The Brunswick County Sanitation District has since agreed to settle with Larsen out of court, paying her $119,000.

Larsen loves her property and wishes to rebuild, but in order to do so she has to agree to tie back into the same sewer line that destroyed her first home.

Larsen refuses to take the risk, even though the Sanitation District said they have identified the initial issue.

Brunswick County Code Enforcement handed Larsen her final eviction notice Tuesday.

"I am prepared to deal with whatever comes," Larsen said. "If I have to go to court or even if I have to go to jail because this is my land, this is my home."

According to the letter, the use of a tent in Brunswick County must take place in an approved campground. The tent located on Larson's property is currently in violation of a county ordinance and must be removed immediately. The letter also said if the tent is not removed, her case would be referred to Brunswick County's legal department.

"I have to go for it, this is my home," she said. "I worked hard for the home that I built, and it is not within my power to tie back into a system that could flood my home again."

Larsen said she is planning to ask the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners again on May 14 for an exception to build her home with the septic tank that is already in place on her land, instead of hooking back into the Sanitation District's sewer line.

Larsen also said she has recently reclassified her property as farm land.

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