New Hampshire Woman In Tiny House Was Evicted From Parents’ Backyard
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For a couple years now, my mom has made the joke with me that at some point when I buy a house and have a decent yard, she's going to sell her property and then just have a "Granny Pod" put into my backyard.
If you're not sure what a Granny Pod is, according to FamilyHandyman.com, "is a tiny home built or placed on the same property as the home of someone who will look after the occupant. Now, ideally, I'll end up meeting someone, getting married, and having kids so I've always been 100% down with the Granny Pod idea. My mom is one of my best friends, so she'd be right there. Plus, it'd be like having a built in baby (and dog) sitter. Everyone wins!
But after hearing about this, I'm not too sure it'll be that easy.
A local New Hampshire woman, Brianna O'Brien, of Hampton Falls, put a tiny house on her parents' property, but after six months received an eviction notice.
Now, granted, there were a lot of things she could've done differently, because according to Insider Presents, she originally started planning on working with the local zoning board to get her house properly zoned in her parents' backyard in Hampton Falls, but decided not to after doing some crowdsourcing.
She said that other people who also live in tiny homes on wheels (like hers) told her that keeping it under the radar as much as possible was the best play, since "the red tape is so difficult."
Here's what I think is kind of bogus, though. She got thrown under the bus by a neighbor who happened to see the tiny house which Brianna was keeping in the bushes in her parents' backyard and notified the zoning board.
Insider Presents noted that Brianna pled her case in front of the Hampton Falls Zoning Board of Adjustment to legalize her tiny home, but she was denied, still evicted, and left her tiny home (still on wheels) in her parents' backyard and moved out of town.
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