Oregon Moving Forward With New Tiny Home Legislation

By now we all know how popular tiny homes have become, there are numerous T.V. shows, books, websites, and so on that confirm their popularity these days. Still, a big problem for tiny homes is the lack of rules that are specifically aimed at making them possible in much of the nation. Instead we have rules that were originally well intentioned to keep slum lords from providing substandard housing and then charging a premium. What this means is that in many areas, the regulations currently on the books that dictate home size, foundation requirements, etc fail to account for the actual choice to downsize and embrace the idea of tiny living. Many of the tiny homes we see today have most, if not all, of the same modern conveniences as larger homes, just in smaller spaces or in innovative designs. These aren’t homes without running water or heating, but fully functional living spaces that often use cutting edge technology and creative design features to provide a similar standard of living as any other home.
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While the outdated regulations are holding back tiny home development in some areas, other towns are finally sitting down and looking at ways to embrace the movement by at least trying to draft new rules and regulations that will allow for tiny homes within their city limits. Now it looks like the state of Oregon is moving forward on the state level to try and draft legislation to specifically deal with tiny homes in their state. While some may not like the idea of any rules and regulations, if the emphasis is on safety and improving access to tiny homes, it is arguably a step forward compared to the sections of the country that make it difficult, if not impossible, to legally live in a tiny home without jumping through hoops, or having to move your home every so many days to maintain a “mobile” home standard that no longer applies to the quality tiny homes we see so often. With the proposed legislation in Oregon, advocates are hoping that it will make tiny living more attainable, and less of a hassle in the state. They admit that the bills still need some tweaking, but they are hopeful that they can come to an agreement and see a bill passed that will fit the needs of the tiny home community.