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The legal issues of living in a tiny house

While Florida residents may enjoy the thought of living in a tiny house, there are legal uncertainties that come with them. For instance, if the home is put on wheels, it may be considered akin to a recreational vehicle. To qualify as an actual home, it must sit on a foundation. Furthermore, to be considered a tiny house, it must be 400 square feet or less.

Those who wish to put wheels on their homes may find that it is illegal to live in them permanently. However, individuals who choose to build a home with a foundation may find that they can't have a house that is less than 1,000 square feet. Prior to building the property, an individual should contact the local authorities to find out what the building codes are and if it is legal to have what is defined as a tiny house.

As a general rule, building codes require homes to have plumbing, a source of heat and stairs. Tiny homes may use a ladder or other alternatives to reach a loft. Furthermore, there may be requirements such as minimum ceiling heights or putting in an emergency exit. There must also be a place where a person can eat, sleep and wash within the home. This is true regardless of whether the homeowner or a professional builds the house.

When building or buying a property, a buyer benefits by looking into possible zoning issues before spending his or her money. This may be done by contacting a zoning board or by talking with an attorney. Doing so may stop a person from owning an illegal home, which may have to be taken down or moved at that individual's expense. A lawyer may help a person obtain a favorable outcome in a zoning case.

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