High Voltage Power Lines

Discussion in 'FHA/HUD and VA' started by J in Florida, Jan 23, 2002.

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  1. J in Florida

    J in Florida Senior Member

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    Jan 17, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Certified Residential Appraiser
    State:
    Florida
    What is the rule for the subject's proximity to high voltage power lines? The subject appears to lie within the fall line of the wires but not the tower. Is this a property reject?

    Thanks fellow forumites.
     
  2. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Elite Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
    Professional Status:
    Certified General Appraiser
    State:
    Georgia
    Looking at Handbook 4150.2 in Section 2-2, Paragraph J it says: "No dwelling or related property improvements may be located within the engineering (designed) fall distance of any pole, tower or support structure of a high-voltage transmission line, radio/TV transmission tower, microwave relay dish or tower or satellite dish (radio, TV, cable, etc). For field analysis, the appraiser may use tower height at the fall distance."

    I do not see anything in the section that mentions the power lines themselves, just the poles or support structure. Also, high voltage lines do not include the local distribution and service lines.

    I guess you have a judgment call to make if you are between the support poles. The height is considered to be the designed fall distance. If you have an old Boy Scout book, it will tell you how to measure the distance with a stick and the sun without climbing the pole. :wink: :)
    Mell.
     
  3. Wally Jones

    Wally Jones Senior Member

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    Jan 23, 2002
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    Florida
    J, you might consider giving REAC a call (888-245-4860) and get their take on your particular situation. I've had two different answers from them on this same issue. When in doubt, let them give you a ruling and then talk to the underwriter for the ultimate decision.

    Good luck!

    Wally
     
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