Congratulations! We can only salute this excellent choice (especially if it is a Tiny House from Bimify )!
It is certain that this small nomadic cocoon will be the starting point of a new life, whether you use it as a dwelling, as a mobile business or even as a seasonal rental…
Yes, but here’s the thing. The wind of newfound freedom often makes us forget that it is also necessary, even mandatory, to know how to keep your feet on the ground so that your dream does not turn into a nightmare.
So in this article we list all our tips on where and how to install your little house on wheels without having any problems. Just to have a clear idea before starting your magnificent Tiny House construction project!
INSTALL A TINY HOUSE ON A PLOT OF LAND LESS THAN 3 MONTHS
You just want to settle on a private land for a few weeks, maximum 3 months? You are free to do it without authorization but only on the condition that your mobile habitat (it concerns Tiny Houses but also caravans and campers) keeps permanently the technical possibility to move in an autonomous and immediate way.
It is therefore imperative to always keep all means of mobility in place: wheels, tow bar, signs, etc…
This notion of mobility is essential! Do not develop the land around your Tiny House (with a terrace for example) if you stay less than three months.
All outdoor installations must also be immediately removable or relocatable.
Check also the regulations of the land where you want to install your Tiny House. Some are strictly forbidden, such as urban development zones (AU zones), natural and forestry zones and certain agricultural zones.
So remember to check these “red zones” with your local council beforehand.
MY TINY HOUSE ON A PLOT OF LAND FOR MORE THAN 3 MONTHS
To settle your Tiny House on a private land beyond 3 months, you must make a preliminary declaration of works to your town hall to obtain a planning permission, if the surface of your nomadic habitat is lower than 20 m². Beyond that, a building permit will be required.
Also be careful with the choice of land! Indeed, it must meet the same criteria as for a traditional construction: it must be located in a buildable area and allow a connection to the public sewerage, water and electricity networks.
If you do not wish to connect your Tiny House to the public network, in the case for example of using dry toilets or a mobile septic tank, then you will have to carry out an environmental impact study.
As far as your little house on wheels is concerned, which will be “sedentary”, it must however remain permanently dismountable and transportable. So, just as with a facility that is less than 3 months old, make sure you keep all your mobility devices in place and set up outdoor facilities that are fully movable.
TAXES FOR A TINY HOUSE
The Tiny House is part of the alternative habitats regulated by the ALUR law.
Precisely defined as a “mobile home”, it is not subject to local taxes or the housing tax.
But if you use it as your main residence, you will still have to pay an annual tax of €150 (€100 if the property is more than 10 years old and unless exempted, of course).
This at the Unlike a “light leisure dwelling” which corresponds to a mobile home, a chalet or a tree house, and is subject to property tax (if it is placed on a concrete base and is not intended to be moved) and to the housing tax.
RENT OR BUY A PLOT OF LAND TO INSTALL MY TINY HOUSE
Again, whether you rent or buy your land depends on how long you want to live there, what you want to do and your budget too!
Renting land can be the solution if you want to put your Tiny House for a few days or weeks to discover a new place, to do a temporary job like an agricultural season or just to have the pleasure of this freedom without any place of attachment.
Or maybe you are more interested in investing in order to be able to install your micro-house on your own land and thus be the full owner of the place. If you decide to take your Tiny House on the road, you don’t have to rent out your land yourself!
As everyone knows, the price of a plot of land (for sale or rent) varies according to the region, the location, its surface area… There is something for everyone!
Of course, the majority of the advertisements are on the essential sites such as leboncoin.fr, seloger.com or paruvendu but do not hesitate to share your research with your entourage and on the social networks. You never know… There may be a friend who has a friend who knows someone who can offer you a plot of land at a good price or even free! Yes, it exists! Of course it’s rare… but it’s possible 🙂
ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS TO INSTALL A TINY HOUSE
Don’t have a private lot to put your tiny house on? Don’t panic, there are several other solutions to put it down in complete freedom, for the short or long term, and even take advantage of it to create social links. And that… the Tiny Houser likes it 🙂
Let’s start with the camping solution. Many are open all year round and offer special rates in low season and long term. A good alternative if you are looking for a safe place with water and electricity.
So, installing your Tiny House in a traditional campsite, okay… and why not in a farm campsite?
You will be in direct contact with farmers who set up camping areas on some of their plots of land to accommodate nomadic dwellers. Ideal to set up your own little house on wheels and enjoy good fresh products just a stone’s throw from your home.
Why not also take advantage of the opportunity to help out on the farm?
Offering your help in exchange for free land is also what ecovolunteering can allow you to do, whether it is with a farmer, for an environmental association or a scientific mission.
Otherwise you also have the option of lending your garden to a private individual! On the site pretersonjardin. com you can find ads of individuals who share their land in exchange for the maintenance of their vegetable garden or other services. A great initiative that allows renters, such as the elderly for example, to be reassured, less isolated and to forge new links.
Many “give and take” solutions that correspond perfectly to the spirit of Tiny Housers!
You want to discuss your project with professionals? Contact the BIMIFY team
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