The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a proposed rule on the docket that would modify a current exemption in the Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations. As the tiny house and RV living trend grows, more people are choosing to live in alternative types of homes with less space and less overhead.

The Inquisitor reported that according to the proposed docket information, “questions have arisen regarding whether park model recreational vehicles are regulated by HUD’s manufactured home program.” RVs are, according to the docket, now being built with screened in porches, and other extensions. Some are marketed as suitable for year round living, and many people are doing just that.

HUD’s new proposed rule would define an RV as “a factory build vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy.” HUD’s rule would require that units claiming the RV exemption display a notice that identifies the standards used to construct the unit and state that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling.

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