Need Your Help to Stop Tiny Houses from being Illegal!

I’m reposting the following announcement from Tiny House Talk. This is serious folks. Proposed HUD regulations could shut down the tiny house movement. The video is from a different source. See link below. Input from Tiny House professionals is especially welcome.

“This is a quick announcement because we need your help to stop tiny houses from becoming illegal per the fed’s new HUD proposal regarding recreational vehicles.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing to make changes to the Code of Federal Regulations Part 3282 docket FR-5877-P-01 which covers Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations (as well as Revision of Exemption for Recreational Vehicles). We believe this includes tiny houses on wheels.

This proposal defines recreational vehicles, “designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy.”

Read more at Tiny House Talk
Michael Janzen at Tiny House Design thinks this particular HUD proposal will have little impact on tiny houses.

4 thoughts on “Need Your Help to Stop Tiny Houses from being Illegal!”

  1. As to this posting…our more lax building code county has stated that a self contained trailer, rv, tiny home, etc…last year was only for “part time use”. This was both good and bad for people in Apache County, Az. The Part-time statement made all travel trailers, non permanent dwellings and residencies. The good news is that is helped to completely bypass septic issues, utility permits etc. Just thought I should throw it out that hud still says that garages, sheds, portable buildings, etc attached to a permanent foundation are considered a “Home” or “Permanent Residence”.

  2. Does this mean living in an RV is illegal?

    This is a code status, not the legality of living in one.

    This could affect loans on tiny homes, but not much more. It won’t shut down the movement, ad likely won’t affect much.

    • It sounded very bad when I first read about it, and everyone else leaving comments were similarly concerned. Now according to Michael Janzen it’s probably not serious.


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