The Esola family is trying to keep a tree house in their backyard in Folsom.

"It took a couple of months to build for work and on the weekends and obviously it was a decent amount of money and it was a labor of love," said Brian Esola. "I don't want to see it on the ground."

His labor of love is now in question. The city of Folsom sent the homeowners a letter saying the tree house is a code violation and must be "removed or relocated."

"I called them and said, 'Hey, I would love to work with you. Is there anything we can do?'" Esola said. "They said, 'No, it needs to come down or you can put it on the floor, but it's no longer a tree house.'"

Esola said, when he first built the tree house, he contacted his neighbors to make sure it's OK. He also researched to see what permits are needed and couldn't find any.

"I went online and I'm like if I'm gonna build a tree house I should see if I need to get a permit or need to run it by the city," Esola said. "I went online and looked for anything or any ordinance around tree houses and there was nothing."

His neighbors and the kids in the neighborhood love the tree house. There are more than 400 comments in support of the tree house in a Facebook group called Folsom Chat.

The tree house will have to go down in a few weeks, according to the letter, unless they reach a compromise.

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