Did you know that those trendy 'Tiny Homes' are actually illegal in Arkansas?

If you have been on social media you seem to see a large number of cabins out there. Some of these cabins are huge and some are small, even tiny.  These Tiny Homes have less than 400 square feet of living space which doesn't seem to be a big deal but according to a recent story on Bob VIla's website, the average home in Arkansas has over 1700 square feet of living space.

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That 400 square feet of living space in a Tiny Home are just a shade bigger than an average two-car garage. If you can live in that small of a space like a small one-bedroom apartment then Tiny Home living might be for you. Did you know that 26 states including Texas allow you to own a 'Tiny Home'? But Arkansas is one of 24 states that will not let you have a 'Tiny Home', but the real question is why?

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Why are Tiny Homes illegal in Arkansas?

The issue is that there are zoning issues, as well as safety concerns like emergency exits and minimum ceiling heights that plague these tiny homes. They need every bit of the available space to make the living area seem bigger and more spacious.

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Zoning seems to be the biggest issue. Even if you own the property that you want to put your home on it may not be zoned for the home. In an area that has trailers, it would be ok, but in a residential area, there may be a problem.

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What if you want a tiny home?

The real issue is that this 'Tiny House' revolution is so new most states have not developed guidelines for them. In some states, they are not considered permanent dwellings because some of them are on wheels. If you do want to downsize and build or buy a 'Tiny Home' make sure you check out your cities regulations about 'Tiny Home' ownership.

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