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5 LOOPHOLES IN BUILDING CODES

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For many of us, living in a tiny house is a dream come true. The chance to be closer to nature without the stress of paying mortgages. Unfortunately, tiny houses still occupy a gray zone in terms of building codes. You should thus think about it before opting for the new minimalist lifestyle. In most cases, tiny houses are considered to be ambiguous little homes. They can, therefore, be between traditional single-family residences, mobile homes, and camper vans. So how can you ensure your tiny home conforms to the law? Looks like, there’s no need to conform to all the laws if you know these 5 loopholes in building codes for tiny homes.

BUILDING INSPECTORS

Every house needs to conform to the local or national building codes. Tiny houses have no exception as they must also obey the laws of the land. However, not every house owner will adhere to these rules. It is for this reason that most cities are now making use of building inspectors. These inspectors are tasked with the responsibility of approving satisfactory buildings. Furthermore, they ensure every system in your home meet the set building codes.

It seems there are so many things building inspectors may not want you to know.  However, getting this information can, in the end, make your tiny living life easier and simple. So today, we are going to examine 5 secrets building inspectors do not want you to know while living in a tiny house.

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#1 Loophole in Building Code

Make Sure Nobody Complains About You

Code enforcement is an ongoing collaborative neighborhood effort. It is aimed at ensuring you do not break zoning, municipal and housing codes. Mostly, you may hear neighbors complaining about junk pilling up or overgrown weeds. Once a complaint is issued, a building inspector will take the necessary measures.

What you may not know is that “complaint-driven enforcement” depends on your neighbors. This is because most building inspectors will not go round checking every small home. Therefore, chances are the official will not seek you out if the neighbors remain silent.

Despite operating through “complaint-driven enforcement, you should not go against the codes set. This is due to the fact that some building inspectors may make an impromptu visit to your area. Once they find you going against zoning codes, you may have to deal with the consequences on your own.

#2 Loophole

Maintain Your Traditional Home Address

It is with no doubt that building inspectors may find it hard in proving whether you are living in a tiny house. This is especially the case when you are maintaining the address at a traditional house. Instead of considering it as a tiny house they will view it to be a traditional house.

Most tiny house owners who have discovered this secret are using it to avoid tiny home inspectors. They are thus sure of leaving a stress free life since they no longer have to worry about zoning or building codes. Unfortunately, this will only work if you are living in a tiny house on foundation.

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#3 Loophole

Code Enforcement Staff Are Already In Short Strength & They’d Rather Leave You Alone.

Am pretty sure you may not know most cities have been cutting down on code enforcement staff as from 2012 and 2013. This can be attributed to the declining municipal budgets and tight revenues. Therefore, mayors opt to cut down on code enforcement personnel in order to reduce cost. Some of the best examples are Detroit and Cleveland cities.

However, building inspectors have been keeping this a secret from tiny house owners. This is because it might entice tiny house owners in going against the regulations. Furthermore, it may lead to poorly designed tiny houses that may subject owners to many risks.

#4 Loophole

The 2 Campgrounds Trick

Owners of a tiny house on wheels have so many locations where they can park their THOW. One such place is a campground be it public or private. However, you will not be allowed to park the THOW for more than 3 weeks in most campgrounds.

Most campgrounds limit your stay to 14 – 21 days, but what if you have 2 campgrounds in your town?

To make sure you stay long enough, you can try alternating between two campgrounds. You can do this until one campground invites you to stay. Unfortunately, this will only work if you are making use of a private campground.

#5 Loophole

They Are On Our Side

The popularity of tiny houses seems to be increasing each day. More and more people are now willing to join the tiny house movement. This increase in popularity can be linked to the many benefits that are set to come your way as a tiny homeowner. Building inspectors have already realized this new shift but are not willing to say it. Despite their silence, more people will still opt to build tiny homes.

Not all of these inspectors might be on our side but deep down they too understand the problem which led us to choose tiny over conventional big homes and I guess they’d be the first ones to flip to our side if they weren’t the inspectors.

FINAL THOUGHTS

There are so many other secrets that building inspectors may not want you to know about tiny houses. As more people join the tiny house movement, it will become quite difficult to keep hold of these secrets. You may find a lot of these secrets shared on our Facebook page and Facebook Group.

Nevertheless, you should try your level best to make sure your tiny house is conforming to all building codes. It is only through this action that you will avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law.

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