Moving Into A Tiny Home? Here Are A Few Pointers On How You Can Get Land For It
February 13, 2018 13:28 By Fabiosa
Recently, we shared a post about alternative housing in America and how container homes are changing the landscape.
A couple of people had questions about situating their tiny homes.
We decided to share this follow-up post and answer some of those questions.
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So, you finally decided to downsize and move out of your regular apartment into a tiny house. By now, you probably have already gotten rid of most of your stuff and hold on to the essentials. That is all great. And your interior looks really comfortable, all ready to live in.
But now, there is the problem of where this tiny house is going to be situated. Clearly, you cannot just park it on a sidewalk because it is not a car. And it is unlikely that your former neighbors will let it sit in their driveway. Here are a few tips that might help.
Search the internet
The best bet is to find a landowner with the right permit for parking homes. Scouring the internet is a good way to go. Sites like craigslist let you post wanted ads. All that is needed is some well thought out information to prospective landlords. Be sure to keep your request simple.
However, there are challenges to finding land this way. Often, landlords are skeptical about online ads. Some may require more personal information before discussing terms. Others may even request a face-to-face to confirm your identity.
It is likely to take a couple of months before you get any major leads, but in the end, the effort could pay off. Nextdoor is another website that can make this search easier. It is a social networking app that generates leads to your immediate location.
Hit the streets
Nothing beats looking around your neighborhood or taking a drive around and asking questions yourself. There are still many landlords who rather share information about available space by word of mouth.
Doing this, you cut out the middleman and deal directly with landlords. This is likely to save a lot of time and money in negotiations and provides a guarantee that the property is safe to rent.
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In many parts of the US, there are still stringent restrictions on the building and situation of tiny homes. The Federal Housing Administration requires landowners to possess permits for accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
These ADUs are considered habitable spaces located on property owned by single families. But these spaces are required to have a foundation. For most people who are interested in tiny homes, this may pose a major problem.
A big part of having a tiny home is the choice to pack up and go on short notice. With foundations, the dynamic changes.
You could register your tiny home as a recreational vehicle if it is mounted on wheels. This way, it qualifies as a recreational vehicle. But some codes restrict long-term habitation in RVs, so this could also be a problem.
Nantucket, MA, and Fresno, CA, Walsenburg, CO, Canyon County, ID, and Ashland, OR, have fewer restrictions on tiny homes, and these are some of the best places to own one. Obtaining a permit is much easier in these areas.
You can also explore land sharing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allows owners of tiny homes temporarily situate their units in urban property that is not in use.
There are also tiny house communities across the US that you can move to. It is a much better option than moving your unit on a regular basis. But be sure to check out the community to ensure that it is duly registered first.
Take all this into consideration, and finding a spot for your tiny home may be a lot easier than you imagine.
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