HUD Wants to Outlaw Living in RVs and Tiny Homes

April 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – which ironically was founded to end poverty and racial injustice in housing –  proposed a law last month that would make living in a recreational vehicle – and potentially a tiny home – illegal.

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You can help prevent this proposal from becoming law by sending comments to regulations.gov by April 11!!




Many tiny home owners get around building codes and zoning laws by building them on wheels and registering them with the DMV as “recreational vehicles.”

While RVs are currently exempt from housing regulations, the proposed change would allow them to keep their exempt status only so long as no one is “living” in them.

HUD complains in a summary of its proposed rule that some RVs “are being produced with patio roofs, screened in porches, and other extensions that exceed the 400 square-foot maximum” and “are being marketed as suitable for year-round living.”

The rule would re-define recreational vehicles as a “factory-build vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy” and requires RV manufacturers to “prominently display” that definition in the kitchen of all RVs for sale.

The regulation also defines “recreational vehicle” as a “self-propelled” unit, apparently excluding tiny homes on wheels from the RV exemption.

Eric Muss-Barnes, a concerned citizen, made the following video explaining the proposed law:

“There are nearly 9 million RV owners in America,” Muss-Barnes says. “A significant portion of those are retired couples who’ve purchased land in an RV park, where they live full time. The law could potentially turn millions of law-abiding citizens into outlaws.”

This story was first reported by The Organic Prepper.

You can help prevent this proposal from becoming law by sending comments to regulations.gov by April 11!!

So far, the federal agency has received almost 500 comments from outraged citizens, many of them saying they’d be homeless if not for their RV:

“Please do not pass this. You will make homelessness worse, and criminalize many of us ex-middle class just trying to stay safe. Please.” ~ Anonymous

“I live in RV full time and have for a number of years. I am now 55 years of age and am a recent widower. The job that I work does not really pay enough for me to find and live in a more permanent structure. As I will be retiring soon I am sure that I will not be able to afford to move out of my RV.” ~ Jeff Stanford

“Why does it matter where I live as long as I have a roof over my head? The government needs to recognize that some of us are lucky to have a tiny house or an RV to live in.” ~ Bunnie Craddock

“For the love of God! Stop Criminalizing the pursuit of Life Liberty and Happiness!!!!” ~ Steven Armstrong

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