Breaking News For Maine: Feb.6th, 2020

The Movable Tiny House Bill was given an Ought To Pass Report From The Committee and there is a definition for tiny homes in Maine law  if  the bill  passes both Maine House and Senate.

 

From Tiny Homes Of Maine Facebook Jan. 31st, 2020

The hearing went well yesterday! Thank you if you were able to attend in person to give testimony! There were over 20 written testimonies online as well so thank you for that! We have another meeting in Augusta on Monday and the work session for the bill on Thursday. Getting closer! You can listen to the hearing and all the testimonies below.👇 If the link doesn’t work for you – go directly to Maine Legislature website to to listen to the hearing on Jan 30th in front of the transportation committee. Skip to 1:46:25 for LD1981.

The Backstory

Tiny homes legislation may unblock development bottleneck Feb. 12th, 2020

Last week, the state Committee on Transportation unanimously approved LD 1981, which defines the homes, and gave it an emergency preamble, which means the Legislature will consider it soon. It needs a two-thirds vote of both houses to become law.

But Watson isn’t celebrating yet. The bill initially was simple. It states that its purpose is “to define, identify and outline areas of concern and language for possible legislation concerning ‘Tiny Homes.'”

The definition offered was that the homes are an enclosed space permanently constructed on a frame or chassis, intended for separate independent living quarters and:

  • May not move under its own motive power;
  • Is not larger in any dimension than allowed by Title 29A regarding dimensions;
  • May be transported on the highway by way license plate or transit permit
  • Are defined as a “Tiny Home” on any titling document.

Article Source Mainebiz

Bill aims to help tiny home owners in Maine get financing Feb. 3th, 2020

AUGUSTA (WGME) — A proposed bill would help tiny home owners in Maine get financing.

Many people gave testimony in support of setting clearer regulations for tiny homes in Maine.

The public hearing comes after owners hit a road block last year when the DMV stopped registering tiny homes as RVs. That impacts people trying to get financing for them.

Article Source 13WGME

Bill aims to help tiny home owners in Maine get financing Feb. 3th, 2020

AUGUSTA (WGME) — A proposed bill would help tiny home owners in Maine get financing.

Many people gave testimony in support of setting clearer regulations for tiny homes in Maine.

The public hearing comes after owners hit a road block last year when the DMV stopped registering tiny homes as RVs. That impacts people trying to get financing for them.

Article Source 13WGM 

Bipartisan bill would unleash tiny homes in Maine Jan. 29th, 2020

Lawmakers on Maine’s Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing Thursday on LD 1981, “An Act Regarding the Regulation of Tiny Houses.” The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Room 126 of the State House.

LD 1981 is a concept draft that would define what a tiny home is and classify tiny homes on wheels as trailers or camp trailers, allowing them to be titled and registered again after the Secretary of State sent a letter to municipal officials in 2019 ordering them to end the practice.

Article Source Maine Wire

Mobile Tiny Homes In Maine Hit A Major Roadblock Sept.19th, 2019

In early 2018, Maine tiny living got a boost when the state’s building codes were amended to include guidelines for the dwellings. The standards defined a Maine tiny house as a residence with less than 400 square feet, allowed sleeping lofts, permitted ladder access to lofts and approved skylights as points of emergency egress. The Maine code amendments did not take into account or cover the portable tiny houses.

But this modern day nomadic lifestyle hit a roadblock in Maine his past summer when municipalities were notified by the Maine secretary of state’s office that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would no longer register, assign vehicle identification numbers to or title tiny homes on wheels.

Article Source Bangor Daily News 

 

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