Q: “I have a question; what about the land? Does the land have to be purchased or rented? Do your estimates include the land and hydro and water hookup?”
A: Estimates about the cost of having a tiny home usually just include the cost of the home itself and not the cost of land, water hookups, sewer, or delivery of other utilities and services.
For moveable dwellings, it’s common to rent land. For example, campers, RVs, and trailers have been popular for decades. There are campgrounds, trailer parks, and facilities coast to coast for these.
Tiny houses on wheels are a relatively new phenomenon, so it’s not always clear where they can be placed. However, most campgrounds would probably allow a tiny house to park and pay camping fees.
For long-term living, people will sometimes make arrangements to stay in someone’s back yard. This could be a friend, family member, or someone offering to rent space for a tiny house.
It’s also possible to purchase land and put a tiny house on it. However, zoning, neighborhood covenants, or local housing codes may restrict the ability to build tiny.
Some municipalities permit pocket neighborhoods and accessory dwelling units. In these communities, it’s possible to have tiny houses side-by-side with larger homes. However, most cities don’t permit tiny houses within city limits. So, if you’re planning to buy land for a tiny house, you’ll likely need to find land in a rural area where the county zoning laws may be less restrictive. In some cases, people have purchased larger acreages and setup cabins or tiny houses. Inspectors don’t typically hike through vast amounts of private lands looking for housing violations.