Tiny Homes now legal to have in SLO

Tiny home in SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Thursday was the first day San Luis Obispo homeowners with qualifying backyards could legally bring in a tiny house on wheels for additional housing on their lot. 

“We can now receive applications for people to apply for tiny homes within their backyard of a single-family residence,” said Associate SLO City Planner Kyle Bell.

The first applicant will be visiting city planners tomorrow to get his permit started. 
This is big news for affordable housing in San Luis Obispo. 

“This is a huge opportunity to get more affordable housing in the city. This city ordinance is going to be a model for the ordinance that the county is going to be writing,” said Executive Director of Smart Share Housing Solutions, Anne Wyatt.

Non-profit HomeShareSlo hopes the ordinance will become a new nation-swide model for affordable housing. To get a Tiny home the hopeful owner must live in a single-family home on the lot the tiny house will be on. The tiny house will also have to go through DMV regulations. 

“Because they are on wheels they are actually classified as a recreational vehicle instead of a dwelling,” said Bell.  

The benefit of the wheels is the cost.

“A tiny house on wheels is roughly 1/3rd of the cost of putting it on foundations,” said Bell.

The city will not restrict the price a landlord can rent a Tiny home for. 
However, they are not prohibited to be vacation rentals.

“They are not considered a dwelling under California state law, so you would not be able to claim your tiny house as your primary occupant unit,” said Bell. 

The new ordinance also opens up the potential for more affordable home ownership.
If you don’t have a yard, not a problem, you can rent one. 

“There is the opportunity for someone who owns a tiny home to come in and rent yard space,” said Wyatt.  

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