Freedom in the United States currently is a moving target, and when the government catches wind of an innovation that makes life simplier and easier and more cost-effective for ordinary individuals, it always steps in to take control.
Take, for instance, the growing attempt to outlaw offgrid living in the U.S., as well as moves by local governments around the country to criminalize private rainwater collection.
Today, the federal government is making a significant move against the tiny house movement, in the hunt to give the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authority to demand tiny houses to conform to the standards of recreational vehicles (RV’s), of which one of the rules is that the vehicles will not be utilized or marketed for permanent living.
HUD is trying to regulate tiny house living out of existence or to turn it into a regulated industry by demanding that tiny homes be built in factories, conforming to codified standards.
The tiny house movement is one of the latest innovations in personal freedom from an overly consumeristic and a debt-driven society.
Numerous folks construct tiny houses themselves, often but not always on wheels, for a fraction of the cost of standard housing.
In a tiny home, one has everything required to live a comfortable life, but in a tiny space often less than a couple of hundred square feet.
They park them in hospitable locations and enjoy life without a mortgage and everything else you require to fill and maintain a big American house.
Tiny houses offer shelter from the elements, and shelter from the economic matrix, which is why they are now under attack. Check out the language of the HUD’s proposed law for yourself:
This proposed rule would modify the current exemption for recreational vehicles in the Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations. Under the current exemption, questions have arisen regarding whether park model recreational vehicles are regulated by HUD’s manufactured home program. These park models are being produced with patio roofs, screened in porches, and other extensions that exceed the 400 square foot maximum exemption in the current regulations. Additionally, some of these models are being marketed as suitable for year round living.
HUD’s proposed rule would permit recreational vehicle manufactures to certify that a unit is exempted from HUD’s regulations. Specifically, HUD’s proposed rule would define a recreational vehicle 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 built and certified in accordance with either the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1192-2015, Standard for Recreational Vehicles, or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5-15, Recreational Park Trailer Standard. In addition, to provide consumers notice regarding the manufacturing standards used to construct the unit, HUD’s rule would require that units claiming the exemption display a notice that identifies the standards used to construct the unit and states that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling.
Anytime innovators and visionaries come up with innovative ways to thrive in an ever-more oppressive environment, government is likely to declare all out war, and tiny house living is about to be banned.
How can you impact the outcome?
“HUD is taking comments from the public until 11 April 2016 before making any decisions on these proposed changes. Like I said, I’m not being some paranoid conspiracy theorist. These are genuine, real proposed changes. But they are only proposed at this point. They have not become official regulations. So, you need to speak up.” – Lutherville
You can watch and respond to the federal docket, here. If you would like to understand more about this problem, and what you can do to reject this significant power grab, take a look at this excellent and detailed presentation on the matter by Lutherville: