Living Tiny Legally is a three part documentary series, created by filmmakers Alexis Stephens (that’s me!) and Christian Parsons of Tiny House Expedition, with the help of co-producer and Tiny House Collaborative member, Kai Rostcheck. It provides an in-depth, inside look into how a handful of cities from all over the country are making legal tiny housing and legal tiny house communities, a reality. It is intended be an educational resource for tiny house advocates and municipal officials. It is now available on YouTube.
“Do you want to live tiny, legally in your town? This Docu-series provides an illustrative guide for those seeking to bring tiny housing to their city but don’t where to start.”
Living Tiny Legally,Part One, features an in-depth look at how communities, including Fresno and Ojai (CA), and Rockledge (FL) are embracing tiny houses on wheels via innovative zoning. Policy makers share their methods and insights to demystify the planning and zoning process. Additionally, advocates provide a better understanding of the tiny house movement, the primary legal obstacles and the benefits tiny homes could bring your community.
Watch and be empowered with the tools and information you need to make a difference in your community!
In the making of this film, we (the filmmakers) talked to thousands of tiny house enthusiasts. We learned that there is much confusion about what obstacles are in the way of legal tiny house placement and how best to overcome them. There’s also, understandably, much intimidation about how to best approach the city to start conversations on how to find a place for tiny homes.
From our in-depth discussions with policy makers from all over the country, we learned that there’s a major lack of understanding about tiny housing, the people who want to live in them and the potential benefits and concerns around this unconventional housing option. Education is a crucial first step in their process to consider supportive legislation for tiny housing. It’s important to note that many local governments, county and municipal level, don’t want to be the first to try something new. They are looking for precedent to be set elsewhere before they are willing to consider new zoning ordinances or waive certain building code requirements.
With these insights in mind, we (the filmmakers) sought to create an educational documentary series that would accommodate the needs of both tiny house enthusiasts and local planning and zoning officials.