US Government Says Mobile Homes Are Now Illegal

Mobile homes are now illegal in the US

The U.S. government have announced plans to make it illegal for anybody to own a mobile home, or tiny house, without a special license – in a bid to eradicate offgrid living in America.

Following on from local governments around the country criminalizing private rainwater collection, the federal government now want home owners to obtain a special license from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authority to verifiy that their home conforms to the same standards that recreational vehicles (RV’s) are required to have. reports:

HUD is seeking to regulate tiny house living out of existence or to turn it into a regulated industry by requiring that tiny homes be manufactured in factories, conforming to codified standards.

The tiny house movement is one of the latest innovations in personal freedom from an overly consumeristic and a debt-driven society. Many people construct tiny houses themselves, often but not always on wheels, for a fraction of the cost of typical housing. In a tiny home, one has everything needed  to live a comfortable life, but in a tiny space often less than a couple of hundred square feet. They park them in hospitable places and enjoy life without a mortgage and everything else you need to fill and maintain a big American house.

Tiny houses offer shelter from the elements, and shelter from the economic matrix, which is why they are now under attack. Check out the language of the HUD’s proposed law for yourself:

This proposed rule would modify the current exemption for recreational vehicles in the Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations.  Under the current exemption, questions have arisen regarding whether park model recreational vehicles are regulated by HUD’s manufactured home program.

These park models are being produced with patio roofs, screened in porches, and other extensions that exceed the 400 square foot maximum exemption in the current regulations. Additionally, some of these models are being marketed as suitable for year round living.

HUD’s proposed rule would permit recreational vehicle manufactures to certify that a unit is exempted from HUD’s regulations.

Specifically, HUD’s proposed rule would define a recreational vehicle as a factory build vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy, and built and certified in accordance with either the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1192-2015, Standard for Recreational Vehicles, or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5-15, Recreational Park Trailer Standard. In addition, to provide consumers notice regarding the manufacturing standards used to construct the unit, HUD’s rule would require that units claiming the exemption display a notice that identifies the standards used to construct the unit and states that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling.

Whenever innovators and visionaries come up with new ways to thrive in an ever-more oppressive environment, government is certain to declare all out war, and tiny house living is about to be banned.

How can you affect the outcome?

“HUD is taking comments from the public until 11 April 2016 before making any decisions on these proposed changes. Like I said, I’m not being some paranoid conspiracy theorist. These are genuine, real proposed changes. But they are only proposed at this point. They have not become official regulations. So, you need to speak up.” – Lutherville

You can view and react to the federal docket, here. If you would like to know more about this issue, and what you can do to resist this significant power grab,  take a look at this excellent and detailed presentation on the matter by Lutherville:

  • Kelley57

    I’m so sick of our government doing this kind of thing. Taking more freedom away from us people. You do something that you can afford to do and they try and do stop people. Some can’t afford to live in this society so they do what they gotta do to make it work and then BAM! CONTROL, CONTROL, CONTROL our freedoms!

  • David Malbuff

    Can NOBODY read any more?

    “HUD’s proposed rule would permit recreational vehicle manufactures to certify that a unit is exempted from HUD’s regulations.”

    Did you get that? EXEMPTED from regulations. That’s LESS government, not more.

    “HUD’s rule would require that units claiming the exemption display a notice that identifies the standards used to construct the unit and states that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling.”

    In other words, the proposed changes amount to a dealer putting a sticker on a RV stating it’s NOT a manufactured home. This means RV’s do NOT have to follow the same expensive standards as manufactured homes. That’s a good thing. Again: That’s LESS government, not more!

    HUD does not, and cannot, decide or enforce who lives in a RV or not. That is, and always has been, the purview of local governments and zoning regulations. Just because HUD says a RV is not “designed” for permanent dwelling doesn’t mean they can DO anything about it if you choose to live in it as your permanent dwelling!

    And NOT A WORD about “tiny houses.” Not one word!

    C’mon! Enough with these scare tactics, already!

    • Kelley57

      Oh! Thanks for straightening me out…..

    • seamus mcdermott

      Sadly, it appears nobody can read anymore.

      • Jason Wilson

        long live the Grateful Dead. and may Americans learn to analyze what they’re reading

    • Marylin Day

      Thank you David Malbuff, I saw that right away and wondered what the big hoopla was all about!

    • vivian greer

      yeah, and your vote counts too. they will do whatever they see fit and what are we gonna do about it?

      • David Malbuff

        I think “we” deal with problems as they arise, and avoid spreading bovine excrement disguised as “news” to good people who already have enough to worry about.

  • Rev T J Carter

    I think the government needs to mind their own business and let people enjoy their freedoms without government interference ! This is supposed to be a free country with very little Federal Government involvement in people lives. I sure these little trailers will be a lot more safer than the ones FEMA handed out after Andrew and Katrina, and will be far less toxic. Let people be and live their lives as they want to enjoy it. Get to know nature better etc. If people want to live off the grid they should have that right. Our forefathers did long before electricity and such. So power companies loose a little money, believe be it won’t even make a dent in their income at all.

    • David Malbuff

      Please reread the quoted regulations, brother. The article is misleading, to say the least.


    BLOODY ridiculous! Whats happening in the country?

    • Kelley57

      Scroll up and read what David Malbuff say’s. I MISS UNDERSTOOD IT TOO.