Jonathan Carter 
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Re: “Close Quarters: Inside Richmond's Tiny Houses

Trying to live tiny and it sure didn't take long for the city to show their ugly face... Freedom hating killjoys!
Hello everyone! My name is Jon and my wife and I live in Newport News VA. We recently took the plunge and decided to go tiny. We had a contractor build for us a wonderful house that we are really proud of. Our initial plans were to park it in our backyard and try to fly under the radar for as long as possible (max 1 year). Well as it turns out that didn't take long at all. 3 weeks in to having the tiny house in the yard, renters in the main house, we get a letter from the city outlining the numerous code and building violations. Obviously this letter made our hearts sink. We are currently working with an attorney to find a way to rectify the situation but we are still very weary. Getting into this i knew that there is a grey area when it comes to tiny houses. Being that it is registered as a recreational vehicle I would think it would fall under the same regulations as an rv. Mainly being as long as you are not living in it full time or at all for that matter that there is nothing anyone can say about it. This remains to be seen. The codes we are supposedly in violation of do not apply to us directly as it is not a permanent structure and was built off site by a licensed contractor. We are not technically living in it full time, we have an arrangement with our renters that basically makes us all roommates. This is all still very new to us. We received the letter from the city just two days ago. I came across this thread and thought I would throw a line out and see if anyone has any advice on how to deal with the legality of living tiny in city limits. Any input is appreciated. Thanks yall!

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Posted by Jonathan Carter on 08/28/2016 at 5:58 PM

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