MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Some associates in North Memphis claim a person is running a vehicle shop or a junkyard out of his residential home. A metropolis council candidate made a Facebook submit Wednesday alleging a house owner become strolling a commercial enterprise out of his house. The put-up stated code enforcement became made aware. FOX13 Investigates dug into local codes and discovered no ordinance lets people get lets in or licenses to perform a mechanic save from a residential property.
In reality, there is an ordinance that prohibits that hobby. (See: Unified Development Code-(City)-4688-HOME OCCUPATIONS 2.7.4A.) FOX13’s Investigative Team drove North Memphis to invite Steven Simmons, the homeowner if he upkeeps peoples’ motors on his assets for cash. He said all of the motors on his property – behind and in the front of his fence – belong to him and that he honestly enjoys working on his very own vehicles. The original Facebook put up that tipped FOX13 off blanketed snapshots that regarded over Steven Simmons’ fence and onto his assets. When we asked if we ought to see what turned into behind the fence, he said no.
Further harassment. Further harassment from the City of Memphis,” Simmons stated. Simmons advised FOX13 he has ‘approximately 20 automobiles.’ City ordinance limits owners from having greater than four vehicles seen at the property. After receiving more than one citation, Simmons stated he constructed a fence. I put the fence up because they kept coming at me approximately the automobiles. So, I placed the fence up and positioned my vehicles behind the fence. And they still stored coming,” Simmons said.
Simmons instructed FOX13 he worked for the City of Memphis greater than six years in the past and was injured at the job. He stated he is making plans to take a felony motion to get agreement cash, and due to this, feels that officials are retaliating against him. I feel they’re focusing their interest on my assets because of me getting harm on the activity, the lawsuit I’m filing, and me asking to be dealt with pretty,” Simmons said.
FOX13 reached out to the City of Memphis to affirm Simmons’ prior employment. They stated they’re looking into it and could respond again after they recognize it. A spokesperson for the City of Memphis confirmed there had been court cases of the homeowner allegedly operating a business commercial enterprise out of the home. The spokesperson stated because of the criticism’s character, and it became passed alongside to the county.
A Shelby County spokesperson informed FOX13 she and Memphis cops visited Simmons’ property on multiple events to tag a number of his motors. Cars have been tagged to be towed. Mr. Simmons eliminated those automobiles or had tags placed on them so that they have been legally parked,” the County spokesperson said. Some acquaintances instructed FOX13 they trust Simmons can do what he desires on his personal belongings. Others stated they don’t need to look at a litter of their buddies’ yards. I wouldn’t need to stay in a place where I see numerous people operating on vehicles, trash, broken down cars. I don’t need to live in that sort of area,” North Memphis resident Henry Harris stated.