Tiny houses still fall into the grey area in most of the locales across the US. Most of the local authorities either do not have any regulation related to tiny houses, or actually have building codes and zoning restrictions that actually discourage building tiny homes. This presents a challenge when it comes to constructing, buying or renting a tiny house and making a long-term commitment to it. Nobody wants to face the prospect that their home is going to be demolished or moved due to legal problems. So we prepared some advice on how to legally live in tiny houses for sale in pa.
Renting or Buying a Tiny Home in a Developed Community
Building your tiny home from scratch can be a long and arduous process that requires a lot of patience, money and legal battle. Many areas across the US are not tiny friendly, and getting your favorite plot to put your tiny house on might be downright impossible in some areas.
A good alternative is to search for areas and communities that have already passed legislation regarding tiny living residences or for already developed tiny communities who have gone through this process themselves. Even if you decide not to purchase an already existing tiny home, you can get excellent advice from people in the area, who have already figured out how to navigate the legal landscape.
Buying a House-on-Wheels
Tiny homes on wheels are becoming more and more popular since people have started experimenting with the tiny lifestyle. There are a number of companies that are following the RV-related regulations when they are building these homes, making them road legal and they don’t require special permits that fixed tiny homes do.
Bear in mind though, that mobile tiny homes are considered RVs and they might not be eligible for permanent residence in some areas in the US. It is important to do some research in which areas permit permanent residence in RVs before decide where to park your mobile tiny home.
Build Your Tiny Home as ADU
If you are not set on the prospect of owning the land yourself, you can actually build a tiny home on the land of a friend or family member as an ADU (Auxiliary Dwelling Unit). ADUs are completely legal, as long as the land in question and the original home were built legally and meet the zoning requirements for residential buildings.
ADUs are eligible for permanent residence and as long as you have the trust in the original land owner, they can be an ideal solution in the areas where there is not tiny house legislation in place.
Tiny houses are becoming mainstream every day and more communities are joining the tiny movement, by passing tiny-friendly regulations and developing infrastructure for tiny communities. There is positive change but still tiny homes are a grey area that needs work. Until that changes, make sure that your tiny homes doesn’t end up being more of a headache than it is worth.