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    Default Tiny Homes Banned In U.S. At Increasing Rate As Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living



    As the corporatocracy tightens its grip on the masses – finding ever more ways to funnel wealth to the top – humanity responds in a number of ways, including the rising popularity of tiny houses.

    These dwellings, typically defined as less than 500 square feet, are a way for people to break free of mortgages, taxes, utility bills and the general trappings of “stuff.” They’re especially attractive to millennials and retirees, or those seeking to live off-grid.

    But government and corporations depend on rampant consumerism and people being connected to the grid.

    Seeking actual freedom through minimalist living should seem like a natural fit for the American Dream, but the reality is that many governments around the country either ban tiny homes or force them to be connected to the utility grid.

    As of now, few cities allow stand-alone tiny houses. Most communities have minimum square footage requirements for single-family homes mandating that smaller dwellings be an “accessory” to a larger, traditional house. Many also have rules requiring that dwellings be hooked up to utilities, which is a problem for tiny-house enthusiasts who want to live off the grid by using alternative energy sources such as solar panels and rainwater catchment systems.

    Some of the more recent examples of explicit bans include Etowah, TN and Wasilla, AK, which don’t allow homes less than 600 square feet and 700 square feet, respectively.


    Boise, ID doesn’t allow homes less than a few hundred square feet, as Shaun Wheeler of Wheeler Homes found when he built a perfectly good and safe 310 sq. ft. home.

    Lawmakers spout slippery slope fallacies, saying that allowing tiny homes will lead to decay and “unsightly little cabins plunked down next to traditional homes.” Using government force to stamp out societal change in response to financial factors is this councilman’s idea of conservatism.

    Granted, some cities are actually encouraging tiny homes as a means of freedom or as a solution to homelessness, as in Detroit, MI. Some Los Angeles lawmakers don’t see it that way, calling tiny homes for the homeless “a threat in many ways to our public safety.”

    Wasilla residents are baffled by the tiny home ban, which seems to run contrary to Alaska’s wild and free nature. Tundra Tiny Houses is leading a new market of small home construction using renewable energy, and now they’ll have to tell customers Wasilla is not an option, in addition to Anchorage to Eagle River.

    A big priority for tiny home dwellers is their reduced environmental impact. Many are capable of producing all their own energy from solar and wind, collecting rainwater and reusing graywater. Not depending on utility inputs naturally makes a lot of sense, especially for a tiny home on wheels.

    Even those who put their tiny home on a piece of land away from crowded spaces – with the intention of living off-grid through renewable inputs – are considered outlaws if they don’t hook to the utility grid.

    http://www.activistpost.com/2016/11/...le-living.html

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    Steilacoom tells ‘tiny house family’ they have 30 days to move out



    The town of Steilacoom has given a family of three living in a 200-square-foot home 30 days to move out or face daily fines up to $1,000.

    In a five-page letter mailed Tuesday, Town Administrator Paul Loveless outlined the town’s position that Peter and Shannon Johnson are in violation of town code by living in the house Peter Johnson built on a trailer with wheels.

    The town classifies the home as a recreational vehicle because of the wheels. Town code does not allow people to live permanently in an RV within the town’s 2-square-mile area, Loveless said.

    The town also takes issue with how the Johnsons handle sewage from the tiny home. Peter Johnson built the home with a holding tank, similar to an RV, and pumps it directly into the town’s sewer system from his property where the tiny house sits.

    That is a violation of town code, Loveless said.

    The Johnsons were out of town and had not seen the letter when a reporter called Friday. After reading a provided copy, the Johnsons emailed a statement saying they were disappointed with the town’s decision and the 30-day notice to move out.

    “This seems especially malicious considering that tiny house zoning conversations are scheduled for the planning commission’s docket,” Peter Johnson wrote.

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    I guess they should remove the wheels. They would the city in a loop. (recreational vehicle because of the wheels).
    Remove the wheels!!!!!
    Then vote for another mayor. Get the rules changed.
    Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Hello Everyone:
    It appears that people building and moving into "little houses" are trying to get around permits, rules etc. even if it's unintentionaly/ Why not move out into the country instead of trying to be in cities where everyone knows the regulations are unstoppable.
    Country living is much more suited for off the grid living and the regulations are more appealing!
    I really like the idea of "tiny houses" I'm not in need of a home but think they are perfect because you can design them specifically for your own needs.
    I've been planning on building one just because I don't like manufactured trailers and find them much too expensive for what you're getting. "Tiny houses" are exactly what you put into them so you can be as extravagant as you want or as basic as you would like.
    If people would just quit complaining and put "tiny houses" where they are not breaking regulations we wouldn't be having this conversation.
    "Tiny House Nation" proves country living is much more suited for "tiny house" living!
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    Quote Posted by NewFounderHome (here)
    I guess they should remove the wheels. (recreational vehicle because of the wheels).
    Remove the wheels!!!!!
    Actually, that wouldn't change anything, because you'd still have the axles and the hubs and stuff. So it would still be classified as a mobile home or RV or whatever. To beat that, you'd probably have to remove the home from the trailer and permanently attach it to either a concrete slab or some permanent type of foundation. Once you did that you'd have no choice but to hook up all the utilities and stuff the same as a conventional home.
    I am enlightened, ............ Oh wait. That's just the police shining their spotlights on me.

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    This info will crush my son dreams. He wants to build one!
    I think perhaps if you build them 600 or 700 Sq feet by code that would alleviate most problems. I had a12 by 54 house trailer that felt too small fir a family of 4. I had to sleep in the floor in the living room every night while waiting for our house to be built.
    Taking off the wheels another. Hooking to utilities, doesn't mean you have to use them. We've been hooked to city water for 20+ years and never use it. Have our own water well. Same with electricity. Don't have to use it. Or better yet. Hook up to electric and make them pay you for electricity you make with a solar panel, wind generator, etc.
    Myself, I'd rather just leave the wheels on and license it as a camper. Tow it where I want to live at the moment. Lol
    You can legally camp 21 days at each camp site. (Some say only 2 weeks though) or on your own recreational/hunting property for 29 days of each month, depending on state. If you have children, you might have to check child protection laws on camping limitations of that state or area though.

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    sustainability begins with a global population level in harmony with resource availability
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    Life was better before the tyrants took over the government. The indians didn't have to deal with these issues, nor the pioneers. What would have happened in an old west town if the mayor tried this on those people? People didn't put up with the nonsense back then, nor should they. I remember the phrase hands off government, can we go back to that?

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    Where there is a will, there is a way.
    Try doing a search for 'tiny home laws (add your state here)'
    http://americantinyhouseassociation....e-regulations/
    http://noahcertified.org/
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    Nevada is not a bad state for Tiny Homes. There is quite a lot of mobile and pre-manafactured homes all over in far remote places. Every state has different laws and zoning

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    This amazing tiny natural home is completely off the grid and has been constructed using a variety of earthen building techniques, including cob, wattle and daub and earth bag construction. It's DIY construction from natural materials makes this a long lasting and affordable housing solution.

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    This beautiful earthen home is one of many such dwellings located at the Quail Springs permaculture community in California. The permaculture community is home to educators, farmers, natural builders and people who are dedicated to regenerative, alternative living.

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    Her tragic experience of losing her own home in a fire 11 years ago, inspired her to organize this tiny house building and giving effort. Now she leads a group of dedicated volunteers is building fully-functional tiny homes on wheels for Camp Fire Survivors—over 500 people are currently on the waiting list. To date, they’ve given away 8 tiny houses on wheels with several more under construction.

    Though Alyssa had no construction knowledge, she has built a growing community of volunteers and donors. Bringing together individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based groups to build safe tiny homes for those in dire need. "


    ( For those living in fire prone areas of California, tiny homes seem like a good alternative, but the odds of escaping from fires will still depend largely on how much notice to evacuate the public is given, and what kind of escape routes are available.
    The chances that traffic jams and inaccessible roads would still be very high in case of fire, so chances of successfully towing a tiny home out of a dangerous area with little notice would still be iffy. )
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    This house is pretty tiny, and has been here as long as I can remember. I don't think it's getting banned any time soon.
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    Old, stationary brick homes most likely with a basement/foundation do not qualify as "tiny homes" as the term is being used currently to describe homes that are movable, lightweight, and generally smaller than 500 square feet.
    Perhaps the brick home was meant as a joke, but the topic of tiny homes is actually pretty serious, as so many people cannot afford to build traditional homes these days, or simply choose not to because of the way it chains them to mortgage payments, to staying in one place permanently, etc.
    And serious because of the way the powers that be are trying hard to prevent people from using tiny homes as a life- saving way of escaping the Matrix.
    For those living in hazardous areas such as Northern California, it may be a matter of life and death.
    So I guess I don't see the point of the joke, if that's what it is.
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    This house is pretty tiny, and has been here as long as I can remember. I don't think it's getting banned any time soon.
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