YouTuber runs into trouble with the law for working at home

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Working from home can have its benefits, like right now I’m topless because it’s about 30 degrees, but for Justin “KOSDFF” Chandler owner of Team Kaliber, working at home can get you evicted.  He’s an American vlogger, YouTuber and Team Owner which leads to the confusing part – where else could he work? The nature of being a vlogger means you’re inviting your audience into your private life (to an extent) and into an environment where you feel safe to express your thoughts on any topic. Chandler, however, now faces eviction for working at home.

The United States is known for some odd rules, and this became evident for Chandler after he and his team moved from New York to Atlanta – and their neighbour was unhappy about the amount of cars and traffic coming out of the house. According to Chandler some words were exchanged and when things heated up the rustled neighbour filed a complaint to the county about Chandler’s home business.

In the video Chandler discusses his experience with the county officer who told him he has to cease his operations with in two weeks or face eviction, a court order and fines. The county went as far as evaluating his YouTube page and determining that he is in fact working from home, which is a violation of his homeowners association regulations. Yes, that’s a thing. This begs the question, what about the millions of other American YouTubers who operate out of their homes? The personal feel of a vlogger is what many viewers enjoy, it’s a small invitation into their lives and now apparently it’s against the law in certain counties. Should YouTubing and Social Media be seen as running a business? In Chandler’s case there is some justification to his violation as he is a team owner and strictly was running a business from home, but the county ruled his YouTube as a violation, so he got off easy.

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This might cause a bit of stink in the near future as more YouTubers catch wind of Chandler’s story. H3h3productions and Philip DeFranco are two personalities who often jump to the aid of other vloggers in these circumstances, and I won’t be surprised if they report on this as it could affect their livelihood if attention is brought to the topic at hand.

In the end Chandler had some good news, and it seems while is a present issue, there are ways around it.

It’s still worth considering that this should not be an issue, but we’ll leave that up for United States to decide and hope nobody else faces similar issues.

 

Last Updated: January 12, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit's esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere - but my work here is independent of that.

  • I love to rag on the USA as much as anyone…

    However most countries have rules surrounding what land is zoned for.. I work from home but if I started having staff parking here and causing a nuisance the neighbours could call the council.

    My house is only zoned for residential and as such it’s not legal to use it for commercial purposes… however since I never invite clients around the neighbours don’t care/know and we’re all better off for it

    • frikkenator

      Yea exactly, being a vlogger doesn’t mean there has to be a lot of traffic around your house, if that’s the case then get an office. We have the same laws here for good reason.

  • Sadly those laws are there for good reasons. If I wanted to run a harlem from my house I wouldn’t be allowed to. It’s mainly for traffic purposes. Would you like it if there were people coming and going at all hours nextdoor to you? I wouldn’t!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      ….you want to run a what!? :/

  • HvR

    We have the same laws (as probably does almost every city in every country), only allowed to work from home or run a business from home in a residential area under very strict rules. City of Cape Town only very recently changed the regulation to be slightly more relaxed, you are allowed up to 3 employees as long as everyone can park on the premises but NO NOISE, NO CLIENTS, NO POLLUTION, NO SIGNAGE etc etc

    Their 2nd violation of multiple renters or subletting single residential home is pretty much against regulations everywhere for good bloody reason. I’ve stayed next to a home where the owner was subletting to 4 different families/couples while staying there himself. It is a balls up, street blocked due to all the cars. Sewage blocked and overflowing every 2nd month.

    Now in this guy’s case he probably has a good case and court will rule in his favour, the county inspector do not have all the facts he can watch a few videos and the complaining neighbour probably had pictures/videos of a string of delivery vehicles over 2 weeks with no proof that it is temporary.

    Unfortunately this vlogger still has learned the most important lesson: when confronted by asshole neighbour don’t go all #triggered millennial; be apologetic explain it was temporary and save yourself headache down the road.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      He probably thought the rules didn’t apply to him because he doesn’t have a real job. trollolol

  • If I was the neighbor I would have taken legal action even sooner. Some people have zero regard for being in a residential area and being a nuisance.

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