Homeless Man Booted Off His Own Purchased Mountain Property

this formerly homeless man was booted off his own purchased mountain property, and he’s not the only one

Clem Smith was homeless for six years, but he finally managed to buy a property and an RV. He didn't consider himself to be homeless anymore until the officers kicked him out, and he's not the only one.

The RV was parked on the property in Conifer, Colorado. He purchased the land with an inheritance from his mother's estate. He received 214,000 USD but spent 125,000 on the property and essentials, such as electricity and water.

Smith's plan was to one day build a house on the property, but sadly, his dreams won't come true.

Smith's code violation

We believe that everyone should respect the law. However, these rules should protect us, not turn our lives into living nightmares.

Smith's little farm included a shipping container, chicken coop and four hens, a used car, and his motorcycle vehicle. After a neighbor complained about the RV, shipping container, and trash, Smith was cited for code violations.


According to the state's code, the RV and shipping container are considered accessories, and as such, can't be parked on a property without a house. Of course, Smith was furious. He told Denver7:

"I own this property."

"I paid for it in cash. It's all mine. I should be able to live on it for a certain amount of time, while I'm surveying, engineering, or planning."

Smith was given extra time to fulfill the orders. If not, he's facing paying 500-1,000 USD, and what's worse, he will have to move his RV to the Walmart parking, once again.

He has to move all his possessions into storage, which he has to pay for. But, he's afraid he has very little money left to move everything. So, Smith might lose what he bought with his money while trying to sort out his life.

He added:

"I don't think it's fair."


"I've been on the homeless circuit for several years and everybody at the campgrounds and at Walmart is hoping to get a piece of property and build their own home."

Similar issues in other counties

this formerly homeless man was booted off his own purchased mountain property, and he's not the only one
this formerly homeless man was booted off his own purchased mountain property, and he's not the only one

Smith's heartbreaking story isn't an isolated case. Joseph Kniss of Jefferson County, Colorado, managed to buy a mobile home after living on the streets.

He was paying 200 USD per month to park his RV on someone else's property. But only two weeks after he started his new life, a by-law officer told him he couldn't park there.

"For two weeks now, I have felt like a person with a home. And now, I am being told I have to go back homeless again."


"I'm like, 'Why? What am I doing wrong here? I am paying for a place. It is in unincorporated Jefferson County. The (landlord) is okay with me.'"

Kniss decorated his new home, and now he has to find a new place for it. The man added:

"I don't know what else society could want from a person. I'm trying so hard to be the human being society wants me to be, and now, it is not good enough. What else does society want out of me?"

The same issue follows people around the country. In Douglas County, a temporary permit is valid for only 6 months.

In Boulder County, you can only "camp" for 14 days in one year, while In the City & County of Denver, a homeowner may park a motorhome on an improved surface, like a driveway, on the rear of their property, if it is under 22 feet long. However, they cannot live in it.

If you need or want to live in a mobile home, you have to know the laws, which vary not just from state to state but from one county to another.

Tearing people up


Smith's agitated and disappointed. He stated:

"I've got nowhere to take a backhoe, nowhere to take my dump truck, nowhere to take my shipping container."

"I'm going to have to pay for storage for all that. I don't even know where to take it."

Instead of helping people get back on track, we're putting them even further down the rabbit hole. They aren't criminals, in fact, some homeless people are quite crafty, and like Smith, they have dreams and plans and are working hard to make them come true.

All Clem wants now is help, as a sign that his efforts weren't wasted. He said:

"All I'm really asking help for is legal help to change this law for many states and the county's across the country. That's what I want to do. Because it's wrong."

We wish him all the luck because he deserves it, as do many other innocent victims living on the streets. Life can be cruel, yet people are always making it worse.