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TINY HOUSE Villages
We partner with tiny house builders, cabin companies, entrepreneurs, Iwi, local government and visionaries to find the land, gain the consents and develop the property into a tiny house village, eco-village or co-housing project.
The five pillars of the housing crisis
Why Tiny House Villages? When we looked into why housing and the cost of living was becoming so unaffordable for people we discovered what we now call the five pillars of the housing crisis. Each of these pillars contribute to rising house prices and increase both the difficulty for people getting onto the housing ladder in the first place, plus the ongoing repayments required to own the property. It is this combination that traps people as life long slaves to the debt that forces them to remain in a job they hate, doing work they don't want to do. Whilst many companies, organisations and even the government have tried to tackle the housing crisis by focussing on just one pillar, we believe tiny house villages and community living can topple all five pillars.
The cost of land has increased significantly.
By purchasing land as a group the cost per person is dramatically reduced.
Construction costs are through the roof.
The cost to build a tiny house is a lot cheaper due to the smaller footprint.
Council bureaucracy has become a nightmare.
We don’t subdivide or need building consent which saves a lot on council costs.
By changing how we own real estate we take the power back from the banks, meaning less debt and less repayments.
It is more economical to cater to the needs of multiple parties at once rather than individuals.
Here are some of the most common questions we receive.
Throughout this website we use the term tiny house as short for a tiny house on wheels, which refers to a boutique caravan that has been built in the style of a small house. It will have many of the same features as a house, but is on a trailer and therefore classed as a vehicle.
As per the judges ruling in the Alan Dall case, a tiny house is a vehicle in terms of building code, and therefore as long as the tiny house remains moveable or not lived in permanently then it will not be required to meet the building code. This means ensuring that the trailer is warranted and registered, has wheels, brakes, lights etc. It should not be plumbed in, or at least be quick and easy to disconnect.
However if a tiny home has a kitchen in it and is lived in permanently then it is considered a dwelling by the planning department of the council. This means that it must meet the council requirements for number of dwellings allowed under zoning laws, flood plains, height to boundary ratios etc OR apply for resource consent to operate as a discretionary or unpermitted activity.
Whilst there is no real consensus to this, most people agree that a tiny house should comply with New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA) light trailer specifications, a tiny house can be a maximum of 12.5m long, 2.55m wide and 4.3m high. However many people choose to take advantage of the oversize rules that allow us to go up to 3.1m wide provided when being towed on the road the tiny house has a wide load sign and lights and signage in the correct locations. You can read more about NZTA requirements here:
Each village works differently depending on the goals of the person setting it up.
The most common structures include:
License to Occupy
Integrated residential development
There are two types of assets – financial and lifestyle. A tiny house is a lifestyle asset, in that it will increase the quality of your lifestyle, but it will not provide you with any financial return. Considering a tiny house is a vehicle, then it will depreciate in value as time goes by, as opposed to real estate which typically appreciates. It is important before you purchase that you understand the value of your tiny home is unlikely to increase.
One trend that is becoming popular is to rent out a tiny house as short term accommodation on Airbnb or other such sites. In this case it does become a financial asset, but it still depreciates in value. If you do wish to rent out your tiny home to produce an income then please ensure you are familiar with all the local rules and bylaws in your area.
We have found people of all ages and backgrounds are downsizing and joining the tiny home movement. From millenials choosing a different way of life, to couples starting their life together, people looking for temporary housing whilst they save to build their home, right down to semi-retirees looking for a more simpler life.
The biggest attractions to tiny living are the smaller living costs, easy to clean, simpler to look after, less maintenance and can we take a second to simply point out how freaking epic tiny houses are!