Dwayne O’Connor was living in a home he’d built himself in the woods in Minnesota when he was asked to pay $2,000 to rent a new house in Chicago.
But he’s now been told by a Chicago city councilman that he can’t stay there anymore.
He said the offer to buy the house has cost him dearly.
“I’ve been told, ‘No, you can’t live in that house,’ and I’m like, ‘Really?’
And they said, ‘You can’t, you’re not going to get the money back,'” O’Connell said.
The decision has also sparked an outcry from residents who want to move out, and city officials say they’re looking into how to fix the problem.
“You can call us on our phones, or you can write us,” said Chicago Public Works Director Chris Segal.
He added that they’re working to find a solution.
“We can’t do it by ourselves, and we need your help,” he said.
Chicago’s mayor said he’ll make a decision on whether to give O’Connors a house on Oct. 3.