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Zoning issues for tiny homes

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2020 | Land Use |

Over the course of the past few years, people in Florida and around the country have begun to place their money into what are called tiny homes. These cheaper yet still luxurious homes are providing people with the ability to live in comfort and to purchase a home well under their budget. However, because they are so new to the scene, many local and state officials are not yet able to come to an agreement on zoning laws for these tiny homes. Thus, for the time being, tiny homes are technically illegal. The following includes further information about this issue and how it may impact your own prospects of owning a tiny home.

Minimum square footage requirements

One of the obstacles that tiny homeowners run into is having to deal with minimum square footage requirements. Within many states, these requirements are present and often out of the range of the typical tiny home. For example, most local governments have a requirement of 700 or 1,000 square feet. Tiny homes are usually only around the 400 square feet mark. If you do not mind relocating, there are certain cities that do not have these minimum square footage requirements in their books, and thus you may be able to bypass this obstacle.

Alternative routes for tiny home owners

The reality is that any modifications to zoning laws are likely to take years. This is why tiny homeowners are looking at other land use areas while the laws are modified. One of the options includes RV parks and tiny home communities although RV parks are fighting back against tiny homeowners because they are not allowed to stay at a location for more than 90 days. Tiny home communities do exist but are very few and far apart.

Before you speak to any local government about your tiny home, it is recommended to seek an attorney’s services and advice. An attorney may be able to help you navigate the land use laws of Florida before you make your purchase.