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22 Tiny House Questions Answered in 22 Days With a Builder – Day 12

You’re on day 12 of 22 with Aldo Lavaggi and his tiny house project.

We’re asking him 22 questions in 22 days.

Today we’re covering loopholes on how to legally build and live in a tiny house on wheels.

Here’s what we’ve already covered with this tiny home builder:

Aldos Tiny House Project And Thoughts on Minimum Housing Standards

Photo Courtesy of Aldo Lavaggi

22 Tiny House Questions Answered in 22 Days With A Builder – Day 12: Legal Loopholes for Tiny Houses

Alex: What are your thoughts on the available loopholes for people who want to build and live in tiny houses?

Aldo: Well, my house is classified as a mobile home and falls under mobile home law, and each community will differ in what these laws permit and I encourage people to learn the laws of their town.

There is however, an inherent flexibility that being “mobile” offers.

One can push the envelope a little bit by parking out of sight and if complaints arise one can easily move.

I don’t mind finding the grey areas in the law like this, especially if something new and positive can come about.

I don’t believe that living in a tiny house is really going to endanger society at all. Actually, I believe that if more people lived this way it would facilitate social and economic justice.

I suggest that people pay close attention to highway requirements, which limit the height and width of a structure.

My house is under 8’6″ wide at the eves and under 13’6″ tall.


You can learn more about Aldo Lavaggi over at his blog, Goldthread Tiny House.

Check back tomorrow when we’ll discuss building tips if you’re interested in beginning your own tiny house construction project.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Avatar sesameB

    “and each community will differ in what these laws permit and I encourage people to learn the laws of their town.” This is a true statement. Again, people need to learn the laws of their town. In Arkansas, I have never had a problem to date.
    Barefootin’ and drinking spring water in rural south central sunny Arkansas

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