Massachusetts Woman's Tiny Home Deemed Illegal


Mount Holyoke College graduate Sarah Hastings believes she has built an ideal living situation — kitchen, bedroom, living room and bathroom all in 190 square feet of living space with a beautiful bedroom-window view of the sunrise over Hadley farmland. It’s called a tiny house. The only problem is that it is also illegal…


6 Responses to Massachusetts Woman's Tiny Home Deemed Illegal

  1. Anon says:

    that sucks. it appears to be located on a farm. how the heck do town bylaws apply? twits.

  2. busdweller says:

    It’s kind of funny how consciously living peacefully within one’s means is illegal };o) Where the hell are we going as a sociality };o)

  3. It’s too bad that the laws there haven’t caught up to reality. I hope she succeeds in getting the zoning ordinances updated. That’s how change happens, one small town at a time. I used to live in that part of the country, it’s quite lovely.

  4. Peter says:

    This is very sad and I certainly hope that Sarah manages to resolve her permit issues, especially as the local zoning inspector seems sympathetic and really doesn’t want to issue a violation notice. However, this serves as a warning that you need to be thoroughly sure of your legal position before starting to build anything. It’s not true that you “can’t fight city hall” but, even if your attempt to do so is successful, the experience is likely to be distressing and expensive. Far better to check by-laws out first, find the loopholes and work your way round them.

  5. Abel Zyl says:

    How about if students and seniors got a ‘pardon’ while the entire THOW (tiny house on wheels) question is gradually resolved in this country? : )

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