US Government Declaring All Out War on Tiny House Living

Tiny house on Wheels-BannedIsaac Davis, Staff
Waking Times

Freedom in the United States today is a moving target, and when the government catches wind of an innovation that makes life easier and more affordable for ordinary people, it always steps in to take control. Take, for example, the growing effort to outlaw offgrid living in the U.S., as well as moves by local governments around the country to criminalize private rainwater collection.

Now, the federal government is making a major move against the tiny house movement, seeking to give the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authority to require tiny houses to conform to the standards of recreational vehicles (RV’s), of which one of the rules is that the vehicles may not be used or marketed for permanent living. HUD is seeking to regulate tiny house living out of existence or to turn it into a regulated industry by requiring that tiny homes be manufactured 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. Many people construct tiny houses themselves, often but not always on wheels, for a fraction of the cost of typical housing. In a tiny home, one has everything needed  to live a comfortable life, but in a tiny space often less than a couple of hundred square feet. They park them in hospitable places and enjoy life without a mortgage and everything else you need 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.

READ: Tiny Houses – Taking On the Matrix of Consumerism


Whenever innovators and visionaries come up with new ways to thrive in an ever-more oppressive environment, government is certain to declare all out war, and tiny house living is about to be banned.

How can you affect 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 view and react to the federal docket, here. If you would like to know more about this issue, and what you can do to resist this significant power grab,  take a look at this excellent and detailed presentation on the matter by Lutherville:

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Isaac Davis is a staff writer for and Survival Tips blog. He is an outspoken advocate of liberty and and a voluntary society. He is avid reader of history and passionate about becoming self-sufficient to break free of the control matrix. Follow him on Facebook, here.

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  • ThreeRing

    The solution to this, of course, is for the company making the tiny homes to subdivide into two independent businesses, one selling rustic camping trailer kits and the other doing contract labor to assemble kits.

    If it BECOMES a tiny home after the consumer already owns it, then the fed can go pound sand.

  • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe


    • Moonchalk

      WAKE THE F UP!!!!

  • Rachel Evans Miller

    There’s one born every minute.

  • Imanwebie

    Why not just buy a House Trailer and put it on your own lot? I had a 2/1
    with 1600 square feet as a vacation home. I paid 10k with the land I
    own. Out in the Country. I see these little houses on trailers built
    with little to no code sell for 50k, that is insane.

  • thinkerman

    …Even if it’s defrauding other people.

    • Morgan O’Brien-Bledsoe

      He’s going to vote for Trump who’s being sued for fraud as we speak. Yea Bob’s ok with defrauding people.

  • danielistical

    CUT your social security,,CUT your medicare,,,CUT your food stamps,,CUT your unemployment INSURANCE,,CUT you EARNED income credit from your taxes CUT veterans benefits SEND YOUR CHILDREN off to die for THEIR PROFITS SELL OUR PARKS AND TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES,,,,,,,,,who didnt even ask for them

    everyone say HELLO,to our NEW REPUBLICAN CONGRESS we have just elected for ourselves

    VOTE THESE IDIOTS OUT OF OFFICE,,,you cant wish them out,,,any one who is reading this and did not vote,,,YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM not just them

  • Dave Butler

    Did the authors not even read their own stuff. The rule, as quoted here, would apply to “a factory build (sic) vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence”. Why would “recreational vehicle” be construed as a tiny house?

  • Gene Katz

    Nope – H O A X – according to Snopes:

  • ZoarMann

    Sorry, I read the proposed reg twice and it does not say anything about Tiny Houses. Why do you guys try to get everyone fired up and angry about things that are NOT true?

  • Reid Reasor

    So, we here in Austin are getting homeless people off the streets using these style of trailers on donated land.

    Making the homed, homeless again.

  • Michelle Castañeda

    This is sad. I wanted one in about 4 years

  • Moonchalk

    This cracks me up. >90% of the people I know in the Tiny House movement a Lib/Dems (Pro HUGE gov & anti-natural human rights) NOW, they are complaining about who they put in power. Ironic indeed.

  • Kim jones

    You know this is the hotel and motel businesses that have NO smoking putting up a fight because we travel in our homes an move around a nation we worked our whole lives in. It’s none of their business if we are portable, especially with tornado seasons and winter cold on the elderly. We have to be able to be in states that are warm year round at least 60 degrees during winter. This makes people have to stay still in their retirement, and that’s not freedom to see a country we fought for, worked for, or family gave their life for. LEAVE THE TINY HOME PEOPLE AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PEOPLE ALONE. It’s not progressive to tell people where and how they can spend their retirement years of leisure. These homes are beautiful and convenient and smaller carbon foot print some come with solar and or wind to not cause global warming. How many of the slums of the 1900’s still aren’t upgraded and have people paying all their savings to stay warm or cool? The elites don’t care, so WE the people will not be subjected to ‘what they want us to be, do, or have in our retirement.
    Go find something else to do if you’re bored, but if we find you are tied to the hotels and motel or tourism industry and just passing laws to make your stocks climb while serving in the houses of government, YOU WILL ALL BE FIRED.



    This is not cuba or venezuela we are a democratic country and we deserve to live where we want and how we want and can afford.

    • Moonchalk

      It is when you vote for people like Clinton, Obamao, Sanders, et al.

      • KEYS LIVIN

        both my hubby, son and daughter in law and most friends are independent and we choose republican thank you

        • Moonchalk

          Yes, sure thing. Liberals who only vote for repubs. LMAO. Sorry you are busted and aren’t up to realizing it.

      • Wild_Bill_vintage_1948

        Et al?
        Oh, yeah. Spiro T. Agnew, Richard M. Nixon, Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Lyndon Johnson… Murderers, traitors, corrupt politicians who were actually convicted! war criminals and general crooks.
        No, Sanders does not belong on that list. Clinton does and Obama does.

        • Moonchalk

          LEFTISTS who try to control every aspect of your life moron. Like SANDERS or HITLERY or OBAMAO. Ya know, mandating what you personally MUST purchase or be jailed. Are you on SUCH heavy medication that you are insane? (Nixon belongs on that list) FDR does for throwing thousands of US citizens into concentration camps and stealing all their wealth.

    • Tothe

      Democracy created this mess. Democracy is not virtuous, or synonymous with liberty.

      • LaGioiella

        America is a fascist country. Democracy is a joke…a pipe dream!

        • Tothe

          Fascism and democracy aren’t opposites. Neither are socialism and fascism. The only axis that matters is the authoritarian/libertarian axis. All the incentives of democracy lead to authoritarianism. Doug Casey gave a great breakdown of capitalism, fascism, socialism, and communism in “The International Man” back in the 1970s.

          • Moonchalk

            Correct. The NAZIs were hard core socialists.

        • Moonchalk

          AMERICA adopted the INTERNATIONAL (European leftists) building codes when liberals in the US pushed it through. THAT code prohibits homes under a certain size

    • firstoneout

      The US is not a democracy, but a constitutionally limited republic. Unfortunately, our representatives rarely represent the people these days.

      • A1701

        seems more like a Plutocracy these days – and will be for the foreseeable future

    • Richie

      We are a Republic! Just recite the pledge and you will see and the truth. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

      Stay away from calling us a Democratic too much like Democracy… “A Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.” A republic is a sovereign state or country which is organised with a form of government in which power resides in elected individuals representing the citizen body and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law.

      Rule of law implies that every citizen is subject to the law, including law makers themselves. In this sense, it stands in contrast to an autocracy, dictatorship, or oligarchy where the rulers are held above the law. Lack of the rule of law can be found in both democracies and dictatorships, for example because of neglect or ignorance of the law, and the rule of law is more apt to decay if a government has insufficient corrective mechanisms for restoring it.

      • Tothe

        The pledge is propagandistic brainwashing.

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    On this point might be in conflict with Agenda 21 which appears to see living in a hole in the wall (tiny apartments and houses) as a housing solution for the billions.

  • Read it; it says that it isn’t “true” because laws already are on the books that make it illegal, locally, so the outrage is moot. But that doesn’t address that this proposal makes it nationally illegal. An attempt to take the issue to court locally would be useless, with the tiny house being Federally banned. Attempts to change the local code would likewise be useless, with this hanging over one’s head.

  • J James

    Besides HUD and the logistics concerning occupancy safety, more and more local governments are nixing these small homes because cities and counties are worried about a shrinking property tax base in the face of their struggles to meet basic services as it is. This has the potential of leading to a trickle-down or domino effect across many sectors and affect many other people – especially the government itself. And yes, banks are always against any “movements” threatening the very foundation of debt which keeps the entire financial racketeering system afloat.

    • Kim jones

      Nh, the RV parks where these vehicles check in for a month or two average the same amount as a monthly rent, but NO annual contract to stay put. If it gets cold or a tornado comes, they can check out and come back when the storms pass. This is sealing their fate to the weather they are denying exists and that will become even stronger. WE’ve lost 6 weeks planting for spring and 6 weeks of growth before harvest. Farmers used to keep an almanac, but now it’s all up in the air, so to speak. Even the Weathermen and women keep a programmed cartoon country with color green and blue representing water and land. How quaint to not have an actual picture of the sun rising or setting without some “temperature reading or advertisement or crossing the actual live view. Besides the chemtrails, this game is rigged other ways too.
      It’s their game let them live by it, but LEAVE THE TINY HOME AND RV HOMEOWNERS ALONE.

    • LaGioiella

      In other words they are greedy and do not care about the poor and the elderly unless they are making a whole lot of bank on them. Scumbags!

    • Diana

      …even though the banks and rest of the Oligarchy are the ones who caused the need for a cheaper living alternative.

  • Bob

    Vote for Trump. Then we need to Vote Out all our career politicians. Put some real PEOPLE in offices and clean house of crooked government plots against the people.

    • ImaMe


      • iLLuSioNaTi

        You STFU, ImaMe! I bet you’re one of those morons that voted for Obama twice. Who you going to vote for next, Hillaryous? HAHAHAHAHAHAH

      • Moonchalk

        Why are you having a psychotic moment?

    • Giantsfan

      Bobs for Snake Oil Salesmen!

    • Alosipher

      Did you not get anything out of the video. maybe you are simply brain dead and post meaningless comments cause you think its fun.

      • Moonchalk

        Why is it meaningless? LIBTARD politicians are the ones making these regs. Trump is NOT a lib.

        • volkerball85

          Not right now, he isn’t, because he’s trying to get votes. Historically, however, Trump has been very Left-Wing. He supports Universal Healthcare. He’s supported Gay Marriage. He’s supported gun control. He supported the Clintons, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. He’s anti-Free-Market and big on Protectionism. He flips and flops on his stances whenever the wind changes direction, and contradicts himself constantly.

          But nobody seems to care about any of this. All he has to do is shout some empty, 2008 Obama-esque slogans, and parrot the type of vitriolic nonsense he’s learned that modern Conservatives like to hear, and the support is deafening. All Trump’s ascendancy has done is prove once and for all that Conservatives are every bit as dull and easily-duped as the squishy-brained Liberals they hate.

          • Moonchalk

            Yes, points taken

        • LaGioiella

          You are so not right about Trump. He has committed eminent domain abuse. Google that! He doesn’t care if we are living under a bridge or not! Not when he made his casino workers take a 35% pay cut and lose all their health and welfare benefits. However, he did instruct them how to apply for social services!

          • Moonchalk

            Um, how is that Trump making regs? Explain

          • Moonchalk

            You mean that he follows the law and pays employees what they can get in the free market. So?

          • LaGioiella

            What? They are making minimum wage? What are you stupid??? You try living on that!!! This is why are country is becoming like a third world country. Get with it Moonchalk

          • Moonchalk

            irrelevant babble. NO ONE owes YOU more money that you agree to be paid. It is NOT your PROPERTY. If you think it is, you are a criminal.

    • volkerball85

      Because it’s much better to vote for a flip-flopping charlatan RINO than people with any experience in actually holding office or leading in any way. Woo, make ‘Murka great again!

    • Sylvie

      Yeah because Trump is a “real” person……LOL

    • LaGioiella

      Trump wanted miles and miles of 25+ year-old homes in the central valley in California. He lined the planning commissioners pockets (government racketeering) to commit eminent domain so he could mow down miles and miles of neighborhoods for a splashy country club and golf course and million dollar homes surrounding it. This brought up the property taxes and displaced hundreds of families. Coming from a man who throws women away like trash and talks disparagingly of successful women, this doesn’t surprise me. Neither does the fact that he made his casino workers take a 35% pay cut and took away all their benefits and then gave them a lecture on how to apply for social services. Google “Donald Trump, eminent domain abuse.”

    • baruchzed

      Wake up Bob. Trump is as out of touch and noncaring as Clinton. How are so many people fooled by this guy?

    • save the animals

      He’s a moron, bigot, lunatic, hates women, is banned from entering several countries in the world, a loud mouth, an ass hole and worse. He has no political experience, is likely to start a war with his freakin’ big mouth and just makes people angry. You too.

    • Di

      It will be difficult to vote our the criminals against humanity because the voting machines are programmed to vote for them.

  • nick.w

    Would people be able to circumvent the law about non permanent residence by simply having a friend who also has a tiny house on wheels, then swapping with each other for half the year?

    • Tamara Faurot

      At least in our jurisdiction and most I’ve worked in, it’s not who is living in it but rather than that it’s being lived in at all.

      • signalfire1

        No one should have to jump through hoops or play musical chairs to live as they want. Here’s what I wrote on the comments website:

        Have you people read the Constitution?? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Nothing about required minimum housing size, or worrying about your neighbor’s imaginary property values, or whether someone is off grid, on grid, or lives only ‘part time’ in a given house, or full time. How do you propose to police this? Send a cop to every tiny house and RV every day and knock on doors to see if they are lived in year round or not? Is 99 days okay, but 100 days too much? Who decides? The mortgage companies who love 30 year mortgages and millions in interest payments, and builder’s lobbyists who love lawyer foyers and obscenely sized houses, or the people who must pay the bills?

        If this passes, then you will have to arrest a LOT more people, and the net result of that is a bunch of people housed in substandard, sub minimal sq ft housing, without legal/safe egress in case of fire or natural disaster, at great expense to those who are willing to work like slaves to stay on the ‘outside’. Certainly a jail cell doesn’t meet your requirements, does it? Or do you plan on enforcing your ‘regulations’ and ‘codes’ with fines? Fines to people who need and sanely choose to live simply and cannot pay the fines? What will you do, evict them and raid what’s left of their bank accounts? Perhaps you plan on garnishing their SS payments… Maybe you haven’t noticed but I have; there are thousands of homeless people in this country (in large part due to unpunished bank criminality) and they have a human right to housing and not to be harassed by overworked police departments that you might want to call if you have need for them (or would you prefer they spend their limited time arresting an RV dweller and they’ll just tell you they’re too busy if your house is being broken into, or your child needs CPR?)

        For 62 years I’ve had the flag waved in my face and been told how ‘free’ I am. When does that kick in? And am *I* able to determine my lifestyle for myself, or are you going to legislate it arbitrarily and with no regard for my personal needs, expenses or situation?

        Feel free to produce documents assisting thousands of people in building safe, long term and inexpensive housing and even better, helping them source parking spots and land for those houses. That’s your job. Hands off our liberties, or the backlash will be decisive.

        • Moonchalk

          Vote for DemonRats and you get this.

      • I imagine a house built on a steel platform bolted to the trailer; or, a trailer that can be modified to remove the wheels and be bolted to concrete or steel posts in the ground,seamlessly becoming a “normal” house. Ta-da, instant house on foundation. Reverse to move. Kind of a trailer, but not; it’s a real house that can be moved.

        • Tamara Faurot

          Sounds perfect! And you’re right. Kind of like a trailer, but not. Kind of like a house, but not. And Washington State, where I work and live and regulates factory assembled structures, will have no involvement whatsoever. We at the building department struggle because they do not comply with standard building codes and zoning ordinances to which “regular”houses must comply.
          (Shoulder shrug) What to do?

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