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Proposed N.H. Bill Would Clarify Regulation of Tiny Houses

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Tiny houses on display during Build Small Live Large 2017 in Portland, OR

A proposed bill coming to the New Hampshire State House could make things easier for those interested in the so-called tiny home movement.


The bill's sponsor says current state law doesn't give cities and towns much guidance when it comes to how to regulate tiny houses, which are often mobile and well under 1000 square feet.


State Representative Dave Testerman is the prime sponsor of the legislation, which he hopes will make municipal regulation of the structures more clear.


"A possibility for somebody to get into a home for somewhat less and not be a quote mobile or manufactured home," Testerman says.


Testerman hopes houses priced at around $100,000 will also help attract a younger demographic to the state.


Real estate developer Joe Mendola ran into some confusion when he tried to build a tiny home park in Warner. He says he'd like to see rules for tiny houses made clearer, in part to offer cheaper housing options for younger residents.


"The jobs are going begging,” says Mendola. “And if we don't those jobs with the millennials and they can't find decent housing and have to pay exorbitant rents for apartments they'll head south and the businesses will follow."


Mendola says he hopes this bill will make New Hampshire a national leader when it comes to tiny houses.


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