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Tiny houses face legal challenges in county

Posted at 7:00 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 23:45:13-04

It's a big movement that has homeowners thinking small, but just living in a tiny house could mean you're breaking the law.  

Building and zoning codes in the valley -- and many other cities across the country -- don't allow for permanent homes to be that small. The average tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.  

According to the Census Bureau, the average size of a home built in America last year was 2,600 square feet, and homes are only getting bigger.  

Some people are choosing financial freedom over home size.  

To get around building and zoning codes, some companies -- like Escape Traveler -- are building their tiny houses on wheels. If it's not RV-certified, it's kind of hard to get tiny house loans. So they can get a loan easier, and they can stay in RV parks with it.  

If your home is on wheels, Clark County treats it like an RV, meaning homeowners aren't bound to additional housing taxes.  

The trouble with having an RV-certified home, however, is that most parks across the state have a 30-day limit for parking an RV.  

Despite the challenges of owning a tiny house, the movement is growing across the West Coast.