Less than two weeks after a driver rammed one of the bedrooms in his Austin, Texas home, Chris Newby received a letter from the city telling him his home was now in violation of city code and that he had 30 days to have it repaired or he faced a $2,000 a day fine. The letter was dated the day the driver crashed into Newby’s house. City officials said the building inspector was notified of the accident by firefighters and it was city policy to send such letters after a home was damaged. “This was a catastrophic incident and they wanted to make sure the owners were safe and the building was safe,” said Matthew Noriega, division manager at the Austin Code Department.
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