Homeowner Discovers Property in Atlanta Accidentally Demolished Upon Returning from Vacation

by Gabriel Martinez
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After returning from a vacation, a homeowner found her residential property in southwest Atlanta erroneously razed to the ground by a demolition company.

Susan Hodgson informed WAGA-TV that upon her arrival, she discovered only remnants where her longstanding family home had once stood. “I have been left with a significant mess,” stated Hodgson.

Hodgson revealed that a neighbor had contacted her during her absence to inquire if she had commissioned the demolition of the empty residence.

“When I responded negatively, the neighbor indicated that there was a crew actively demolishing the entire structure,” said Hodgson.

Upon confronting the workers, the neighbor was met with hostility. Hodgson recounted, “The worker told her to refrain from intervening and to focus on her own matters.”

In response, Hodgson dispatched a family member to the site to ascertain the situation and request the required permit. According to Hodgson, the supervisor on the site confessed upon reviewing his permit that they were demolishing the wrong property.

“We have maintained the property for about 15 years, ensuring it remains boarded, with the lawn well-kept and all taxes current,” she elaborated.

Despite the circumstances, Hodgson stated she has not yet received any communication from the Atlanta-based company responsible for the demolition, You Call It We Haul It.

“It is inconceivable that someone would assume the authority to destroy property and then evade responsibility, failing even to extend an apology or offer restitution for the inadvertent destruction,” said Hodgson.

Hodgson asserts that an apology and an appropriate remedy are warranted. “I believe an apology is owed to us, along with immediate action to rectify the situation,” she stated.

You Call It We Haul It, the company in question, did not respond promptly to a telephone message left on Saturday by The Big Big News. However, in a statement to the television station, the company announced it is currently investigating the incident and is committed to resolving the matter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Accidental Demolition

What happened to the homeowner’s property in southwest Atlanta?

The homeowner, Susan Hodgson, returned from vacation to find her property in southwest Atlanta mistakenly demolished by a company named You Call It We Haul It.

Who is responsible for the accidental demolition?

The company You Call It We Haul It is responsible for the accidental demolition. A supervisor on the site admitted they were at the wrong address upon checking his permit.

Did the homeowner have any prior knowledge or give consent for the demolition?

No, Susan Hodgson had no prior knowledge and did not give consent for the demolition. She was contacted by a neighbor during her vacation, asking if she had commissioned the demolition, to which she responded negatively.

What was the neighbor’s involvement in the incident?

The neighbor noticed the demolition activity and confronted the workers, asking if they had been authorized to demolish the house. The workers responded with hostility, telling the neighbor to mind her own business.

Has the homeowner received an apology or any form of restitution from the company?

As of the latest update, Susan Hodgson has not received any form of apology or restitution from You Call It We Haul It. The company has yet to offer a solution to the problem.

What steps has the company taken since the incident?

The company has not taken any concrete steps to rectify the situation as of yet. They have not returned a telephone message but did issue a statement saying that they are investigating the incident and are committed to resolving the matter.

Was the property in a state of neglect before the incident?

No, the property had been maintained for about 15 years, according to Susan Hodgson. It was boarded up, the lawn was kept clean, and all taxes were up-to-date.

What does the homeowner expect from the company going forward?

Susan Hodgson expects an apology from the company and immediate action to rectify the situation. She believes that the company owes her restitution for the inadvertent destruction of her property.

More about Accidental Demolition

  • WAGA-TV Report on Accidental Demolition
  • Susan Hodgson’s Interview
  • Statement from You Call It We Haul It
  • Property Maintenance and Tax Records
  • Legal Guidelines for Demolition in Atlanta
  • Public Response to Incident on Social Media
  • The Big Big News Coverage

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Tara Williams October 21, 2023 - 8:21 pm

The poor woman! 15 years of maintaining the property and it’s gone just like that? Heartbreaking…

Linda_Q October 21, 2023 - 9:12 pm

Susan Hodgson deserves justice for this. The company needs to step up and do the right thing, period.

AlanBrown92 October 21, 2023 - 11:08 pm

Wow, I’m usually not one for lawsuits, but in this case, they totally deserve it. What a mess!

Emily Davis October 22, 2023 - 3:26 am

What kind of company does this and then doesn’t even have the decency to apologize? You Call It We Haul It, more like ‘you call it, we wreck it.’

Mike_Olson October 22, 2023 - 5:41 am

This is a legal nightmare waiting to happen. Don’t they check addresses before tearing down a house? smh

John Smith October 22, 2023 - 8:08 am

Can’t believe this happened. how do you mess up that bad? Hodgson must be furious. No apology yet? Crazy!

Ben_the_Geek October 22, 2023 - 5:02 pm

checked their permit and realized the mistake, but not until after they’d torn the house down? How does that even happen?

Steve_R October 22, 2023 - 6:33 pm

This incident shows how one mistake can lead to devastating consequences. It’s high time companies started taking accountability.

LauraJ October 22, 2023 - 7:15 pm

The neighbor tried to intervene, huh? Wonder if the company would have listened if they’d been confronted sooner.

SophieAnne October 22, 2023 - 7:35 pm

If that were my house, heads would roll. She should take them to court, no question about it.


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