Christopher Tack

More Americans are considering downsizing--big time--to a home that's less than 400 square feet. The reasons are many: Tiny houses have no or low utility bills and their inexpensive purchase price can help provide a debt-free life, says blogger Ryan Mitchell.

Although the lifestyle may be appealing, many challenges with zoning and building codes remain, according to an article in the Burlington Free Press. Writer Alexandre Silberman talks to residents who say they have to skirt state and local restrictions.

“A lot of people in Vermont are going with the ‘under the radar’ approach for tiny houses,” said one owner. “You are basically at the mercy of your neighbors.” Having a tiny house on a trailer does not allow an owner to avoid housing regulations. A tiny house trailer is often considered an RV, which can only be placed at locations designated for camping.

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