Megan Littlefield is a casting director with Warm Springs Production and DIY Network and they are in their 4th season and casting again for their Building Off The Grid Show!
Megan emailed me and I want to share this because it is such an opportunity for someone to be on the show and also receive compensation. Sadly our homes are not a fit because we do not build on site and our maximum size is 400 square feet.
I still wanted to get the word out for Megan, because she is a sweetheart.
Up To $10,000 Compensation!
If you’re selected for the show, you will receive compensation of up to $10k upon completion of building and filming, in addition to a $1k appearance fee for each person who appears on-camera.
Must Be Off Grid
No Other Buildings Showing On Property
500 Square Foot Minimum
Cannot All Ready Be Started
Completed Build By November 2019
Megan is looking throughout the United States for folks who will soon start to build an off grid home and plan to complete the build by November 2019. They cannot consider builds that are already well underway.
Please feel free to forward this email or share via social media, etc if you’d like. Megan also welcome suggestions if you have people in mind who you think we should reach out to about this opportunity.
Share with anyone you know that would appreciate having their off the grid project being filmed and compensated.
What I appreciate about the show is the stories are real, not contrived and I really like that.
I want to share a beautiful tiny home lot for sale in Plains, Montana. The lot is a 150′ Clark Fork River front lot, with all city services. The water and hook up fees are all ready paid and would be a perfect spot for a tiny home vacation rental or Airbnb. You can live in an RV or tiny home up to 3 months per calendar year or up to a year while you are building.
The lot is 16,760 square feet. You can build a home with a minimum of 1200 square feet.There is enough room to add a shop or a garage as long as it will match the main home.
Owner Will Carry The Loan: $ 112,000
The lot is $112,000 and the owner will carry the loan with $10,000 down and 5% interest. The payment should be around $600.00 a month. Ten year balloon payment.
Shared Deck And Dock
Also included is a 160′ shared deck and dock. It has it’s own natural eddy and makes for a great spot for leaving a boat.
Plains, Montana is sometimes called Wild Horse Plains or Horse Plains. The local Native Americans would winter their horses there. There are plenty of outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, rafting, hiking and golf.
The Plains- Paradise area has over 2500 miles of trails in the Lolo National Forest.
In Plains, the summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 85°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 93°F.
he hot season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 19 to September 9, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 85°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 13 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 21°F and high of 31°F.
Accessible All Year Around
The lot is accessible all year around and the owner says the winters are somewhat mild.
MCDADE Tiny Home Park is located in Bastrop County in Mcdade, Texas. The park is situated on 8 acres and they are participants in the “Lost Pines Habitat Conservation Plan.” MCDADE Tiny Home Park maintains the property to insure endangered wildlife are protected and supply feeders to attract varied species of bird and deer.
They encourage gardening, as the soil is optimal for cultivation.
Enjoy A Peaceful Setting With Hilltop Views
MCDADE Tiny Home Park is a small community with 10 lots for long term renters. The park is surrounded by 400 acres of protected land and was designed to be a restful oasis from the hustle and bustle of Austin, which is only 30 minutes away.
Despite being surrounded by 400 acres of protected land, you are just blocks from historic downtown McDade, with a riveting “Wild West” history, its own school, post office, volunteer fire department, and corner store. A quick, 10-15 minute jaunt to Elgin or Bastrop, provides shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and medical conveniences. Ready to be front and center at Austin’s famed, SXSW or ACL events, or maybe you work along the Tech Corridor, you’re a short 30 minute drive from the City, making this a convenient location to experience the best of both worlds.
I need to share some sad news today, a young family is facing a devastating loss because of a fire that burnt down their tiny home and they had NO insurance.
The saddest part is that they were not given the correct information and they did not think their home was insurable. She expresses why in their story of what happened.
Wonder Renna and Damian is a small family of artists and activists that started building in the tiny house movement in February of this year. They’re first step of action started with the community education project called Abundance Build.
This community project pulled the family from housing insecurity into a future of stability and a hopeful path of helping others out of the housing crisis through empowerment and housing provisions.
Propane Refrigerator Caught On Fire
In June the family installed a propane refrigerator to provide fresh food in their recent off grid lifestyle. The first refrigerator had an immediate problem. After Renna carefully installed the refrigerator and went to light it, the refrigerator caught fire. Luckily Renna put the fire out and called Amazon to return the unit.
Days later a new new refrigerator was sent and it was installed and lit successfully. Renna watched the refrigerator closely for 24 hours. Luckily no one was home, when there was an explosion the next day that burnt the family’s home to the ground.
Wrong Information On Insurance
Not only was this a 25,000 investment they made with nearly everything they had, it was not insured because of tiny house legislation that restricts these units from being considered houses. This does not account for the months of labor and love the entire community put into building it.
Fire Under Investigation
At this point, there is a lot of help needed to get the site cleaned up, pay dump fees, and especially get a roof over the heads of Renna, Wonder and Damian. There is an investigation pending with the refrigerator company and these things can take years to settle.
Go Fund Me Page
They could use a lot of help if anyone can donate their time or materials and they have started a Go Fund Me Page.
Another Fire While A Tiny Home Was Under Construction
Insurance for tiny homes is actually a buyers market now and every need can be covered from, while it is being constructed, DIY, vacation rentals, Airbnbs, full time living, traveling down the road and more. Please review my resource page and share so this loss could be prevented in the future.
I wrote a blog post on lots of tips and advice on many topics, including insurance and fire safety for those who are creating a tiny home village. For your protection and the community, make it a requirement that they have insurance on their home and liability if they cause a fire on another’s home or damage an outbuilding on your property.
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Are you dreaming of a tiny home? I am going to be making it my mission to contact as many non profits offering matched savings accounts ( IDA) that could help with down payment assistance for a tiny home in different areas, because I would like to spread a lot of hope. If you are reading this and you feel your goal of having a tiny home is too far out of your reach, this is dedicated to you. Do not let go of the dream.
I will only be sharing a non profit that I have personally verified that will approve funds going toward a down payment for a tiny home in their program.
Matched Savings Account Criteria
Every non profit has their own criteria for how the funds can be spent. A matched savings account, or IDA stands for Individual Development Account. Non profits that offer the IDA program enable low income individuals to learn how to start saving money and build assets in the form of home ownership, their own business, college, assisted technology, home repairs and more.
Each Non Profit Sets The Savings Ratio
Each non profit will set their own savings ratio where they will match the funds of the saver from 1:1, 2: 1, 3: 1 and I have seen 5:1. They also have minimum and maximum length of time for saving, with a minimum and maximum amount that can be saved.
Matched Savings Is A Grant: You Do Not Pay It Back !
The funds that are matched is a grant, not a loan, you do not have to pay it back!!!
AAA Fair Credit Foundation: Utah Residents
AAA Fair Credit Foundation based in Utah, is an award-winning ISO 9001:2008 certified and HUD-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers expand financial capability and reclaim their financial future.
Confidential Financial Counseling
HUD – Approved Home buyer Education
Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
Debt Management Relief
Financial Literacy Education
IDAs 3: 1 Match
Matched Savings IDA Account
Every dollar you save is matched up to a 3 to 1 rate. Those funds can be used to buy one of the approved assets.
First time Home purchase.
Accredited post secondary education including vocational training
Small business start- up or capitalization.
Assistive Technologies for work related activities.
Individual Savings plans will be determined in consultation with the certified finance counselor after successful completion of the basic financial literacy training. The certified finance counselor will assist the participant to determine the amount to be saved. Participants will be asked to save $15 to $62.50 per month for 12 to 36 months to a maximum of $1500.00
What this translates to is if you put the maximum amount of $1500.00 into your IDA, you will be matched with a total of $ 4500.00 and you will have $6000.00 toward your savings goal!
1. Be at least 18 years old;
2. Living in Utah;
3. Earned income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level
4. Net assets that do not exceed $10,000.00 excluding one car and one home.
The following are minimum criteria for the IDA program:
Successful completion of financial management training is required before
applications will be accepted.
Complete asset-specific training for selected asset goal prior to asset
Sign a saving’s agreement to save a minimum of $15 and maximum of $62.50
of earned income per month.
Allow the Fair Credit Foundation to review their credit report; and, if
necessary, address any credit issues that would inhibit the success in
purchasing the desired asset.
Agree to abide by the program’s rules and responsibilities as described by the
program staff and in the written materials received and meet income eligibility requirements by submitting proof of earned income that falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Income determination reflects all income earned and unearned and includes the
Money wages and salaries before any deductions
New receipts from non-farm or farm self-employed receipts from a person’s
own business or from an owned or rented farm after deductions for business
or farm expenses
Regular payment from Social Security Administration (gross benefits),
railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, strike benefits from union
funds, workers’ compensation, veteran’s payments, public assistance, training
stipends, alimony, child support and military family allotments
Private pensions, government employee pensions (including military
Dividends, interest, net rural income, net royalties and periodic receipts from
estates or trusts Form: F IDA003 Revision: 05/25/2017 5
A household must meet the income requirement for three months before they are
accepted into Fair Credit Foundation savings program. If during the time of
saving the family’s income increases that increase will not effect their
participation in the IDA Program. The following documents are acceptable for
Copies of paychecks or pay stubs.
Written statements from employers.
Letters or other documents from income sources, if dated within the last 30
If self-employed, accounting and other business records showing net income
Most recent tax return.
Other documents the program site has reason to believe will verify the
income of the household member.
Any assets drawn as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house
or a car.
Tax refunds, gifts, loans, lump sum inheritances, one-time insurance
payments, or compensation for injury.
Non-cash benefits such as employer paid or union paid portion of health
insurance or other employee fringe benefits, food or housing received in lieu
of wages, the value of food and fuel produced and consumed on farms, the
imputed value of rent from owner-occupied non-farm or farm housing, and
federal non-cash benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps,
school lunches, housing and other emergency assistance.
Any portion of Social Security benefits deducted to pay Medicare premiums
that will not be reimbursed.
Utah Individual Development Account Network Policies And Procedures
Yes You Can Use The Savings Toward A Down Payment For Your Tiny Home !
I personally spoke with Itzel and it was confirmed through her manager that the funds can be used toward a down payment for your new custom built tiny home!
Must Own The Land
They have one requirement that you own the land. Please check with your county to see if a park model or tiny homes are allowed.
Just a reminder, we offer Nationwide Financing for the cabins Dave builds. Loans for land is also possible with the purchase of your new home. Call or email me for help. 509 345 2013
Call or email me for help. 509 345 2013
If You Are Not A Utah Resident
If you are not a Utah resident and you are desiring to find a matched savings account program in your state, visit the National Directory Of IDAs and also read by other blog posts on IDAs and Matched Savings Accounts, you will find them in the categories of my blog. Don’t give up if they say it is full, ask to be on the waiting list, people do not always complete all the required steps. Start saving right away, no matter how small the amount is.
Operation Tiny Home
We are an approved builder for Operation Tiny Home giving down payment assistance that offer a 2:1 Match up to $12,000.
See if you qualify and please contact Janet.
AAA Fair Credit Foundation
The AAA Fair Credit Foundation offers more services than just IDAs, complete list.
I am listing two RV parks For Sale in Texas for the owner, Steve Chauvet. RV parks can be the perfect solution for someone wanting to create a tiny home village for so many reasons. The greatest plus is all the utilities are in , water, sewer, and separate meters for electric.
The added benefit is the previous owner has all ready established zoning for RVs and mobile homes if allowed in the city and usually RV parks allow certified tiny homes and park models with an ANSI sticker. All these benefits make the transition easier instead of starting from the ground up.
One other plus is the RV parks are landscaped all ready and often come with established renters.
Discounted Pricing For Veterans Or The Homeless
Steve has a heart for those in need and desires to give discounted pricing to any non profit or individual who would want to buy either one of the RVs park to house the homeless, senior housing, low income housing, a group displaced by natural disasters, disabilities, etc………….
Silver Sky Ranch RV Park In Crosbyton, Texas $ 15,000
The first RV park in Crosbyton has 8 lots, one which has an RV cover. It is on a city lot and all utilities are in place. The price is greatly reduced at $ 15,000 and the discount price would be $11,000. Cash only.
The Block Project in Seattle is uniting homeowners that have room to spare in their backyard with a resident that has been homeless, providing them with their own self sufficient Block Project Tiny Home. Their OWN home, Wow! a term perhaps we take for granted if we have never been without one.
A home that can bring back safety, privacy and pride with a door that can be locked and they can sleep again in peace, knowing that they were seen and that they matter. For some it might mean they can get employment because they can be clean again. It can also mean that they are included in gatherings again like a family, sharing meals and projects together.
The Block Project and Rex Hohlbein, the founder of Facing Homelessness is on a mission to end homelessness one tiny home at a time. More backyards needs. Can you Say Yes In My Backyard.
Rex is an architect and started Facing Homelessness on social media and it has transformed into a non profit and The Block Project.
Facing Homelessness connects a name, their face and tells the story of each person, without judgement. Rex shares their hopes and dreams and immediate needs and so gently asks for a tent, a camera, a hotel stay, a dentist, paint supplies or whatever the person is in need of. I read every story, donate when I can, share and always cry at the beauty of the real humanity that I know we are.
Please listen to the Ted Talk and you will know that Rex is the real deal, he can ask for a donation and people come forward immediately and answer the call of love to our neighbor and it changes their life dramatically, restoring their hope and for some, it saves their life. Their smiles could light up the universe!
Recently Post: Leah’s Story On Facing Homelessness
A few months ago we heard about a woman in a wheelchair living in a tent. We decided to check it out. Anyone home? An abrupt voice answered, “No help needed thanks”. The anonymous woman confirmed she was wheelchair bound but little more. The voice was not trusting. Fair enough. This would make sense later. We walked away in the rain.
But our visits and conversations grew over the following days. She finally opened her tent fly and we caught a quick glimpse. Not sure what we were expecting but it wasn’t this. A smile and bright eyes. Her voice sounded different. Softer. Leah had been holding out on us.
We later discussed housing options with Leah. She was agreeable. On our way to the shelter she explained through tears how she had lost faith in humanity. There were no kind people left in the world. Darkness and exploitation were her constant companions. She was suspicious of anyone approaching her tent.
After a few weeks in emergency housing Leah graduated to her own apartment in a clean and modern building. She pointed with pride at clean clothes on hangers. Clothes folded in stacks. A neatly made bed and a Seahawks blanket. Products of epic dreams? Maybe so.
Leah spoke of her experiences on the street. “People look at you like you’re garbage. But we are people just like everyone.” She asked us all to consider how it would feel if she was one of our own children. When you get to know Leah you discover she is someone you already knew.
She likes to watch cloud shapes and put on makeup. She likes to cook and has visions of owning a food truck that serves home-style cooking. She loves her children. She likes Ben & Jerry’s American Dream ice cream. She’ll laugh with you and poke fun at you. She’ll cry with you. She’s a sweetheart and a smart aleck. She’s everyone we already know. Because she is already all of us. Leah is everyone’s child.
Rex Is Teaching Us To Say Hello And Not Look Away
Through its integrated design, this project will not only offer opportunities for healing and advancement to those formerly living on the fringes of society, but it will also bring connection, relationship, and compassion to the center of our lives and communities.
Yes In My Backyard
Many social injustices, including homelessness, are perpetuated through emotional and physical separation, which allows us to get stuck on the complexity of the issue. By literally saying, “Yes, in my backyard”, we will begin to see the person afflicted by the issue.
Global Movement To Create Compassion And Empathy
Rex believes this will nurture the empathy needed to catalyze a global movement. Their vision is to make this model accessible nationwide and create a foundation of compassion and empathy for future generations.
The Block Project Tiny Home Features
125 Square Feet
Off Grid And Self Sufficient
Grey Water System
Host And Resident Create Their Own Criteria
Hosts and residents are encouraged to define and shape their own relationships, with the primary expectation being that each is a good neighbor to the other. Hosts and residents are united by a number of criteria, including their desired level of involvement in each other’s lives. Some hosts and residents are very involved in each other’s lives, regularly having dinner together and attending social events; while others happily share space but connect less frequently.
Goal For 2020 Is To Have 12 More Homes In Seattle’s Backyards
The Block Project has a goal to have 9 Block Homes completed by the end of 2019, they are on schedule to make that happen, with all 9 Hosts already on board and in process!!!
The 2020 goal is to build 12 more Block Homes, they have 6 excited Host potentials and are looking for 50 more applicants to select the remaining 6 for next year! Rex is asking if you do not have the backyard, then share, donate or be a messenger of this noble project.
Block Project First Host And Resident
Own a single-family home in the City of Seattle
My lot is greater than 4,000 SF
I have a yard that can accommodate the BLOCK Home/patio (approximately 17′ x 17′)
I do not currently have, or plan to build, a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU)
I will communicate early if I rent a spare unit (with full kitchenette) for greater than 30 day periods
I will communicate early about any known drainage problems and/or easements on my property
No one in my household has a history of violence or abuse
I am comfortable providing three (3) character references from diverse areas of my life
When equipped with the right information, I am comfortable reaching out to my neighbors about The BLOCK Project
* Current ADU EIS legislation is in the process, which would allow both a DADU (the BLOCK Home) and an ADU on the same property. Follow along here.
BLOCK Residents are referred to the BLOCK Project by one of our partner agencies; Chief Seattle Club, Community Psychiatric Clinic, or Mary’s Place. BLOCK Homes are located in residential neighborhoods throughout the city of Seattle and prospective Residents and Hosts are matched based on location and common interests. Please check out our FAQsfor more information.
Are you an Architect? Do you know an Architect?
If the answer is YES to either of those questions, this is your moment to get involved, or get your architect friend involved, with the very VERY prestigious organization Architects Without Borders
Everyone at Facing Homelessness & BLOCK Architects is inviting the local architectural community to step forward in partnership with AWB to help the BLOCK Project!
Architects Without Borders is an organization which creates opportunities for designers to make things better and The BLOCK Project gave me an opportunity to volunteer for something I see every day that could be made better; helping people without homes, find one. Not a shelter, not a temporary space or someone else’s home but a permanent home of their own. I get to be a part of that!
So Architects, take the next step, remove those borders keeping you from getting involved and join the wonderful and amazing people at Architects Without Borders. This is an easy and important way to make a difference for the BLOCK Project! Details.
I am so over the moon, we have just been approved to be a listed builder with Operation Tiny Home for their down payment assistance program! Operation Tiny Home as joined together with Sutter Home Family Vineyards and Wells Fargo to provide a down payment assistance grant to qualified applicants.
The Down Payment Can Be The Challenge
Many potential tiny home buyers are well qualified and ready for homeownership, but often the down payment is often a hurdle that is too high and often seems like a fruitless effort. Help is here!
Down Payment Assistant Grants
The Down Payment Assistance Program provides stable housing opportunities for our community heroes and/or those that are dealing with hardship, such as natural disaster from fire or hurricanes. Eligible applicants can receive a down payment assistance grant, which applies toward the down payment on a loan for a professionally built custom tiny home that is either built on a trailer or a foundation.
Our program is designed to offer the support, training, and resources needed for successful tiny home ownership, including offering ongoing mentorship resources and an online tiny home ownership course.
Operation Tiny Home Matches The Down Payment Funds 2: 1
We are committed to providing access to affordable housing choices. Down payment assistance grants empower those that are struggling with hardship. For those that need support to overcome housing instability and meet our eligibility requirements, a down payment assistance grant may help.
Do You Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?
The application process consists of completion of the application form, background check, and a phone interview. Operation Tiny Home considers applicants without regard to race, religious preference, gender, handicap, familial status or national origin.
You must meet the following criteria listed below.
You must be pre-qualified for financing and working with an Operation Tiny Home approved professional tiny home builder;
The purchased tiny home must be your primary residence;
You must be a US citizen or permanent resident;
You must have a verifiable long-term legal location secured to build or place your tiny home.
Who Can Apply: The applicant must demonstrate that they are in need of housing and fit the following criteria:
Military and Veterans
Emergency Medical Personnel
Pre-K – 12th Grade Teachers
People Struggling with Hardship:
You Live In An Area That Was Affected By A Hurricane, Wildfire, Or Any Other Natural Disaster;
Aging Out Of Foster Care;
Surviving Spouse Of A Military Member Or Public Protector
Application Process: Once we receive your application we will review your information and contact you within 14 business days. You may be asked to provide additional information (including, but not limited to the following):
Proof of Identity
Proof of Military Service
Proof of Disability
Signed Authorization to Release Information
How To Apply
The first step in applying for a down payment assistance grant is to contact an Operation Tiny Home professional build partner. You will work together with your builder to discuss your specific tiny home living needs and obtain pre-approval for a bank loan. Once you have been pre-approved for your loan and your builder has determined that you are eligible for down payment assistance, your builder will contact us to request that we send you a grant invitation from Operation Tiny Home.
Are You Interested In Sponsoring The Welcome Home Down Payment Assistance Program? Click Here.
Additional Operation Tiny Home Programs
Building A Better Future For Our Veterans
Tiny Home Building Workshops with Zack Giffin
Our free workshops are led by Operation Tiny Home team member, Zack Giffin, co-host of A&E’s popular TV show, Tiny House Nation. Zack not only brings star power but a wealth of knowledge and experience to every workshop, offering veteran participants a once in a lifetime chance to have hands-on instruction from one of the industries most recognized experts in the field.
Our program objective is to go beyond providing a simple housing solution. We provide hands-on educational training opportunities for veterans to enhance their building skills while offering a unique opportunity for them to give back to a fellow veteran in their community. Participants learn carpentry skills, build confidence, and develop a supportive community as a resource to overcoming housing instability. Learn More
Dignity Housing For Native Americans
Affordable Tiny Housing Solutions & Community Workshops
Operation Tiny Home partners with like-minded nonprofits across the nation to provide apprenticeship training workshops for Native Americans that seek to build high quality alternative housing options and tiny home communities. We teach program leaders and community volunteers how to build custom tiny housing solutions through hands-on construction and carpentry training workshops while building a home that will be donated to support housing needs in their community.
Our objective is to go beyond providing a simple housing solution. Our focus is to empower participants to build a better future for themselves while cultivating sustainable communities to create lasting transformation in housing stability within their community.
Our free workshops provide participants with access to resources, education, and new opportunities to facilitate personal growth, self-sufficiency, and fulfillment. Over the course of our immersive hands-on workshops, we cover a wide range of topics including construction terminology, foundation considerations, design, framing, sheathing, roofing, siding and trim, windows and door installation, finish carpentry, and multi-functional furniture design to creatively maximize small spaces. Learn More
Check Out Another Down Payment Assistance Program For Oregon Residents: Nedco
If you feel you will meet the qualifications for a grant, please call or email me and I can can get you pre approved for a loan and send you an invitation to the Operation Tiny Home Grant!
In 2017, Oregon decided not to allow park models to be titled at the DMV, after the Oregon Building Codes Division changed the definition of park models. I am simplifying the story, but it actually turned out to be a mistake. See articles at the end of the blog post for the backstory.
This decision caused an avalanche of problems for consumers, builders, lenders, zoning and over all anyone involved in this industry in the state, or manufacturers from other states that sold to parties in Oregon.
We actually had an Oregon customer in the middle of this mess. I spoke with an assessor’s office in the state a year ago and he advised me to have the customer come into the office and they would be given a Home ownership’s document and added to a personal property tax roll. He also told me they would then appraise the home sometime after Jan. 1st. A title could not be issued.
Spring Forward To Today
I decided to do some research on this today to see if Oregon had changed it’s views on titling park models. I found an article saying it had finally been clarified and they were going to be titling them again.
I called the same assessor’s office and they told me that nothing had changed. I mentioned the article and they were not aware of it. I then googled a Bend builder and he clarified everything for me and in fact was a moving force of changing the ruling. I spoke to Micheal J of 121 Tiny Homes. He was gracious with his time and I was grateful that he cleared it up for me and potential customers.
After speaking to him, I found only about 3 more articles. You would think such an announcement would have been widely covered in the media and celebrated, but the new ruling was barely even
covered and not all parties that needed to know the ruling were notified.
Press Release From The State And DMV
After a lot of research, I found a press release from both the DMV and the State, so I feel confident that I am sharing relevant news, even though it is a year old. Yes park models can be titled in Oregon again!
Building Codes Division rule clarifies titling of recreational park trailers (“tiny houses on wheels”)June 06, 2018
SALEM – The Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD), in cooperation with Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services (DMV), filed an administrative rule June 1, 2018, to help provide a mechanism for recreational park trailer (tiny houses on wheels) manufacturers to obtain an ownership document from DMV.
The new rule defines a “recreational park trailer” as:
• A single living unit that is primarily designed and completed on a single chassis, mounted on wheels, to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or other seasonal use;
• Is certified by the manufacturer as complying with a nationally recognized standard for the construction of recreational vehicles; and
• Has a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the setup mode.
“We believe this rule will help provide clarity for manufacturers and allow an unfettered path to titling these types of recreational vehicles in Oregon,” said Mark Long, Building Codes Division administrator.
BCD filed the rule change after learning its attempt to deregulate this important emerging industry inadvertently affected the eligibility for tiny houses on wheels to apply for a vehicle title.
Under the new rule, DMV will be able to issue a title for recreational park trailers and file the ownership information in its records. Recreational park trailers may be moved in the following ways:
• Shipping by a commercial moving company
• Vehicle trip permit from DMV –http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/trippermit.aspx
DMV is currently informing staff at its 60 field offices and headquarters processing center to start accepting title applications for recreational park trailers.
Any time you need to visit a DMV office, first check www.OregonDMV.com to find office hours and locations, and to make sure you have everything you need before your visit. You also can do some DMV business from home at OregonDMV.com.
The Building Codes Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.bcd.oregon.gov.