How do I Buy Land for Tiny House?
There are 5 ways by which you can find yourself a land for tiny house
1. Call zoning or planning department of your city
2. Set up your tiny house at places with no housing code
3. Facebook Groups
4. Recreational Use land
5. Temporary Urbanism: A government Initiative; Using this service by Government you can get a land
Tiny house movement is a call of the century, we need small houses, more financial freedom and want to live our lives on our own terms. Building a tiny house, be it on wheels or permanent, buying a land for a tiny house is the most challenging aspect of a tiny house. You can build your tiny house, fit all your belongings in, take up and finish all the challenges and yet you may not find the land to put your tiny house on. I’ve done a fair amount of research to find a solution to buy a land for tiny house anywhere in United States.
1. CALL YOUR ZONING OR PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO FIND LAND FOR TINY HOUSE
Before buying a land, you need to know whether the local zoning laws allow you to put a tiny house on a land, and what category does your tiny house falls in? mostly it falls under category of mobile vehicles if it is a tiny house on wheels, and if your tiny house is going to have a foundation you will need to adhere to the local zoning and planning laws.
To provide a solution to that, you gotta call your local zoning laws department and ask them the following questions:
- Is there a minimum square footage amount that designates a structure as a permanent home?
- Can you legally park an RV on the property in question?
- If so, can you park it on the property without a permanent dwelling being present there too (obviously, this won’t apply if a permanent dwelling is located there)?
- If so, can you live in your RV full time?
- If you want to park somewhere that will also allow you to have a nearby studio, office or guest house on the property, do the local zoning laws permit accessory dwellings like your tiny house on a trailer?
- If so, are there minimum requirements for square footage?
- If so, does the accessory dwelling need to be built on a permanent foundation?
Okay, they say that the value of real-estate prices are bound to go up, but man, wait, what about financial crises of 2008 and the aftereffects of it. With your tiny house on wheels you can move anywhere you like, be it the mountains, desert, beach or a plain, take your home wherever you go.
2. TOWNS WITH NO HOUSING CODES
It is better to buy a piece of land away from the towns and cities and build it in the counties. Maine, Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska, upstate New York, rural Montana, and parts of Texas have little to no zoning laws and you can do as you wish to do. Counties with no zoning laws also have poor or little tax management by the authorities which also makes it almost free for you to use the land for tiny house setup. Look up towns with no housing code
Towns in California such as Fresno and Portland (OR) have changed their laws to suit tiny house movement and you can Legally Live in a tiny house in such towns and counties
Furthermore, you can park your tiny house in a tiny house community. Here’s a list for various tiny house communities in United States & Canada
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3. RECREATIONAL USE LAND
In many parts of the country, though I am sure only about one of place which is upstate New York, there’s a concept called land for ‘recreational use’. A land that falls under this category are perfect to buy since you can put your recreational vehicle or your tiny home in there, since a tiny home is considered as a ‘custom RV’ in the state. However, there might be some restrictions related to footprint of your tiny house, which is usually maneuverable.
There’s a catch in there, some places might have a condition that you cannot occupy the land for tiny house for more than 180 days, and obviously you’d be paying for what you use (which is low). To cheer you up, there a good side to it is that the taxes are very skim as low as $25 per year.
4. TEMPORARY URBANISM: A GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE
Temporary Urbanism is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Underlying idea on temporary urbanism is that there are several downtrodden urban lands which are abandoned and no more in use. The government wants to lease out these lands to general public for the setup of public gardens, pop-up stores, restaurants on wheels, tiny homes and many others similar category.
I think that this is one of the areas where government is actually allowing you to lease out a property for yourself where you can park your tiny house on wheels, and also improve the downtrodden property. This is one very legal way to buy a land for tiny house.
5. FACEBOOK GROUPS & FORUMS
There are a lot of facebook groups and forums where you can find people posting their about their lot where you can park your tiny home or buy land from them for your tiny house. The owner will provide you standard utilities connections and electrical hookups. Read how to get electricity in your tiny house
List of Facebook groups that’ll help you:
- Tiny House Knowledge Exchange
- Tiny House Life
- Tiny House Marketplace
- American Tiny House Association
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