As we discussed in a previous blog, one of the major challenges of living in a tiny home is finding where exactly to live.
To own a tiny home, you must learn about the zoning laws and building codes regulating the land on which you plan to keep your tiny home. Most areas require a certain minimum square footage for new-construction homes.
In fact, “There are only a handful of cities across the country that directly address tiny houses,” says the national coordinator for the Tiny House Association, Alexis Stephens.
This issue of where to park a tiny home is a popular concern.
The New York Times recently noted that “online discussions are dominated by requests, if not outright pleas, for tips on how and where to find tiny-house-friendly locations;” which made us wonder—how can you find the address of someone who lives in a tiny home?
Many of these tiny homes are built on wheels for easy travel, so their owners are never in one spot for long. And in most places, zoning regulations don’t allow full-time living in temporary structures (which includes movable tiny homes).
About 90 percent of tiny home owners are living illegally when it comes to zoning, noted tiny home builder and advocate, Andrew Morrison.
Then there are the tiny home owners who park their tiny homes on someone else’s property—with permission.
Finding A Tiny Home Address
As the tiny home movement continues you grow, it’s likely you know someone who lives in a tiny home.
If you need to find out the address of this person—maybe to send a holiday card or a wedding invitation to—here are a couple tips:
Search for this person by first and last name and the state where he or she lives (or has once lived).
Public record data associated with this person could potentially reveal a current address. Keep in mind that these locations might not be where this person’s tiny home is located, but rather where he or she has directed snail mail to go.
Maybe the person you’re looking for has directed his or her mail to go to a friend or family member’s home address.
Or perhaps this person has established a P.O. Box or Amazon Locker for mail and packages.
Finding the address of someone who lives in a tiny home might require a little more sleuthing, but hopefully the information provided in public records helps with your search.