Building Off The Grid: Casting Again!

In Building Off The Grid: Casting, Off The Grid by Janet Thome0 Comments

Building Off The Grid: Casting Again!

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.

Requirements

  • Must Be Off Grid
  • Site Built
  • 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.

Authentic Show

What I appreciate about the show is the stories are real, not contrived and I really like that.

 Sneak  Peak Of More Building Off The Grid  Episodes

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Please email Megan  at melittlefield@warmsprings.tv if interested and she will  email you an application to apply to the show.

Warm Springs Productions
720-722-2397
http://www.warmsprings.tv/

 

 

Tiny Home Lot For Sale: Plains, Montana

In Montana Lot For Sale, Tiny Home Parking by Janet Thome0 Comments

Tiny Home Lot For Sale: Plains, Montana

Plains, Montana

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.

 Festivals In Montana

Outdoor Activities In Plains, Montana:

Plains, Montana

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.

Weather In Plains

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.

Call Troy For More Details

406 531 2259

MCDADE Tiny Home Park : Texas

In Texas RV Rental Lots, Tiny Home Parking, Tiny House Community by Janet Thome0 Comments

MCDADE Tiny Home Park: Texas

MCDADE Tiny Home Park

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.

MCDADE Tiny Home Park Features

  • Only 10 pads
  • Larger than normal pad sites (15 x 60)
  • Each pad site has its own 911 address
  • Two  separate entrances & exits
  • Solid Caliche pads & roads
  • 30 or 50 Amps : Separate Meters
  • Water Connection
  • Sewer Connection
  • Community Gazebo
  • Community Mailbox
  • Great cell reception
  • Dog And Cat Friendly

Water And Sewer Included In Lot Rent

McDade, Texas What You Need To Know

 

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.

 

Things To Do In Austin

Explore Bastrop County

MCDADE Tiny Home Park

512.799.6623

271 Independence St.

McDade, TX 78650

Tiny Home Fire No Insurance

In Insurance For Tiny Homes by Janet Thome0 Comments

Tiny Home Fire No Insurance

Tiny Home Fire No Insurance

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.

Their Story

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

Full story Click Here

Insurance For Tiny Homes

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.

Insurance For Tiny Homes

Are You Creating A Tiny Home Village?

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.

Click Here

Kabbage Small Business Loans

In Business Capital, Kabbage Small Business Loans, Working Capital Loan by Janet Thome0 Comments

Kabbage Small Business Loans: Up To $250,000

Kabbage approves small businesses for flexible lines of credit in minutes. Business owners apply online by connecting their latest business information to get a decision right away.

Choice Of Terms

6, 12 or 18 month terms

How A Kabbage Line Of Credit Works

  • Apply online
  • Enter basic business information and link your revenue data online or through our mobile app
  • Your  business performance to let you know how much working capital you can access
  • Take the amount you need now and come back whenever you need more capital to grow your business

Qualifying: Apply is free, no obligation to take the funds

  • Must be in business for at least one year and have a minimum of $50,000 in annual revenue or $4,200 per month over the last three months
  • Secure 100% online application
  • 24/7 access to credit line
  • Simple, monthly payment
  • No origination fee
  • No cost to maintain your line
  • No early repayment fees
  • Pay only for the funds you use

Small Business Loans For The Real World

  • Available for all types of businesses
  • Access your line of credit immediately
  • Use what you need up to once a day
  • Monthly payments with simple fees

Be Ready No Matter What Your Business Needs

  • Expand your products and services
  • Stock up on inventory
  • Launch an advertising or marketing campaign
  • Upgrade your equipment

Three convenient ways to take Kabbage funds

  • Kabbage app
  • Dashboard
  • Kabbage card

How Are Fees Calculated?

Every month, you’ll pay back an equal portion of the loan principal plus the monthly fee. Kabbage 6- or 12-month loans have a fee every month you have a balance, while 18-month loans have the loan fees accrued in full at the time the loan is funded and an equal portion of the fee is paid each month for 18 months, regardless of reduction of your balance.

What Fee Rate should I expect?

Kabbage Fee Rates range from 1.5% to 10% based on a number of business performance factors. Apply to find out what your Fee Rate could be.

Kabbage

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Two Texas RV Parks For Sale

In For Sale, Homeless Solutions, Texas RV Rental Lots, Tiny Home Villages, Tiny House Community by Janet Thome0 Comments

Two Texas RV Parks For Sale

RV Park

 

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

RV Park

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.

RV Park

Silver Sky Ranch RV Park in Tulia, Texas $80,000

Includes 14 Huge Lots:  3 RV Lots : Shop: Airbnb: Silver Streak

  • 1- 60’x 150 With A Storage Unit Included
  • 11- 40’x150′
  •  Shop
  • Established 2 Bedroom Airbnb Mobile Home Rental
  • Silver Streak RV

The price is $80,000 and the veteran or homeless housing discount is $70,000. Cash preferred but owner financing with a fair low interest might be considered with a 20% down payment.

2 Bedroom Airbnb

Silver Streak RV

RV Park

Shop

RV Park

Huge Space

RV Park

Call Steve Chauvet For More Details

805 296 6716

Block Project Seattle Backyards Needed

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Block Project Seattle Backyards Needed

Yes In My Backyard: The Block Project

Block Project

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

Block Project

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

Block Project

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

Block Project

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

Block Project

  • 125 Square Feet
  • Off Grid And Self Sufficient
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Sleeping Area
  • Solar Panels
  • Grey Water System
  • Compost Toilet
  • Deck
  • Storage Area

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

Block Project

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

Host Requirements

  • 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.

Host Interest Form

Happy Faces Who Were Blessed With A Home

Block Project

 See More Completed Homes

 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 FAQs for 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.

Plumbers Without Borders are partnering with The Block Project. FB Page.

Block Project

Please Share, Donate, Volunteer, Or Just Be Kind

And If You Can:  Say Yes In My Backyard

Do You Ever Say Someone Needs To Do Something And Realize That Someone Is You?

The Block Project Seattle

Operation Tiny Home

In Down Payment Assistance, Operation Tiny Home, Tiny Home Grants by Janet Thome0 Comments

Operation Tiny Home

Operation Tiny Home

Welcome Home Down Payment Assistance Program

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.

Requirements:

  • 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:

Community Heroes:

  • Military and Veterans

  • Law Enforcement

  • Fire Fighters

  • Emergency Medical Personnel

  • Pre-K – 12th Grade Teachers

And/Or

People Struggling with Hardship:

  • You Live In An Area That Was Affected By A Hurricane, Wildfire, Or Any Other Natural Disaster;

  • Illness;

  • Aging Out Of Foster Care;

  • Disability;

  • 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

Operation Tiny Home

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.

Operation Tiny Home

Additional Operation Tiny Home Programs

Building A Better Future For Our Veterans

Operation Tiny Home

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

Operation Tiny Home

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!

janet@tinyportablecedarcabins.com

509 345 2013

Cell 509 770 1694

Oregon Titling Park Models

In Building Codes, Oregon Residents by Janet Thome0 Comments

Oregon Clarifies Tilting Park Models

Park Models

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!

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

• Over-dimension permit from the Motor Carrier Transportation Division if the load is more than 8.5 feet wide – http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Pages/Over-Dimensio…

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.

Contact Info:
Brett Salmon, stakeholder outreach/public affairs
Building Codes Division
503-378-8034
brett.d.salmon@oregon.gov

David House, DMV/Motor Carrier Public Affairs
503-945-5270
david.j.house@odot.state.or.us

Article From Oregon.Gov

Article From DMV

Tiny Home Builders Say Rule Keeps Industry Small

This is a little bit of the back story in Oregon. Click Here.

Proposed Oregon Rule May Impact Park Models

Article  Click Here.

Oregon Ends State’s Options For Movable Tiny Houses

Article Click Here