A homeowner can’t build a home if it has “commercial property,” and even if he has, it is a violation of the law if it is not the home he is selling, a federal judge ruled.
The ruling comes after the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the construction of an underwater home in the state of Connecticut, arguing that the building of the home could violate the National Historic Preservation Act.
The lawsuit also accused the builder of failing to notify the state about the potential danger to property in the building, and it alleged that the builder did not follow construction guidelines for underwater homes.
The suit also cited concerns about the safety of the structure, the building materials, and the structure itself.
The judge ruled that the underwater home was not commercial property.
It is a complex legal issue, said U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, Mariana M. Varela, in a statement.
She said the ruling was a step forward in protecting the rights of the millions of people who have built underwater homes in the past.
The underwater home would be located about 20 feet from the shoreline and about 50 feet below the surface.
The case was brought by the American Property Institute, which represents several hundred people in the U-boat industry.
The builder, Robert B. Tewksbury, has built about 200 underwater homes since 2005, and his company is also the owner of a building site in Florida, the New York Times reported.
It was not immediately clear how much the company had spent on the lawsuit, but Tewksebs said he would spend $3 million in the suit.
“We’re confident that we can prevail,” he said in a prepared statement.
“It’s important that we have the best legal representation in this matter.”
He also said that he will use his lawyers’ expertise to defend his rights.
Tewsbury’s company has previously said that the case could affect about 100,000 U-boats, which are designed to sail on water but can be deployed in other ways.
He also claimed in a lawsuit filed in 2016 that he was not subject to the National Building Code.
The developer said that it is part of a long-standing tradition of building underwater homes to help protect coastal communities.
“This case represents a clear and urgent opportunity to ensure that U-boat owners can continue to build homes in a safe and environmentally sound manner,” Tewkesbury said in the statement.
He said that there are currently about 500 U-shaped homes in use on the U, and that there have been no reports of injury or death from the structures.
“The U-Boat industry is an economic engine that supports coastal communities and the United States,” he added.