It may take a village to raise a child, but does it take one to paint a house? One homeowner in East Hampton, NY, takes this spin on the adage.
According to the local Patch affiliate, Rian White recently invited neighbors and passersby to paint his house.
Reader submitted photo / East Hampton Patch
|Jackson Pollock-style art or a property code violation?|
The hand-painted wooden sign out front reads: “Help paint a starving artists [sic] home. Throw a pint.”
Alleged Code Violations
From the looks of it, White’s enticement has worked. Though, now his yellow-, orange-, and blue-colored home has some of his neighbors and local authorities seeing red.
The report says that White was issued a Notice of Violation back in March to correct some property maintenance issues at his home; namely, peeling and chipping paint.
However, he did not respond to the notice and was charged with one violation of the State Property Maintenance Code, the report relates.
The code he is alleged to have violated reads: “Exterior wood surfaces (other than decay-resistant wood) shall be protected by painting or other protective covering or treatment. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted.”
Needless to say, the property owner opted against hiring a professional painting contractor to improve his façade.
Not His First Time
The report also indicates that White has a past when it comes to maintaining his premises. He was charged for failing to keep his property free of litter in 2009.
Tim Lee, a former neighbor, told the Patch that White is up to his old tricks. “It degrades the whole neighborhood. Everybody's property value goes down. Would you buy a house next to him?”
However, some of the reader comments on the article indicate that White’s new paint job should be applauded.
Case in point: Patriot writes, “The code mentioned…failed to imply that the painted surfaces MUST be of one continuous color. I think Im headed over to throw a pint; Im thinking pink; and bright neon green to jazz things up…Searching for my inner Pollock…Freedom of expression…Love it! Go Ryan!! Fight the good fight…Artisans Rule!”