08/11 Another tiny house eviction

Claire Teasdale and Bennett Frazier's tiny house

Claire Teasdale and Bennett Frazier’s tiny house

In Northeast Portland, one tiny house is causing a big problem.

Claire Teasdale and Bennett Frazier thought their trendy, tiny home was the perfect solution to the city’s shortage of affordable housing.

“I didn’t want to have to continue to find rentals that allowed dogs, were in good areas and near bike paths,” said Teasdale.

At just over 200 square feet, the tiny home, which the couple built themselves, costs them around $300 per month including utilities.

That’s largely because the property the home sits on is owned by Claire’s dad, and, with his permission, they hooked up to his water and electric lines.

The couple has lived happily in the house for nine months.

“This was something we could afford and that we could do with all these hoops in front of us,” said Frazier.

But alas, life in the tiny house would not be hoop-free.

Last month, Portland’s Bureau of Development Services contacted the couple and told them that because the house has wheels, it qualifies as a recreational vehicle and can only sit in an RV park.

Their only recourse is to move it accordingly or alter the house and the property. The couple estimates that could cost them upwards of $30,000.

Teasdale and Frazier have now moved out and are trying to work with officials. They say it’s frustrating having to do so, given what Portland residents face on a grander scale.

“It’s so surprising to me that we’re in the middle of a housing crisis, and yet an innovative design is a major focus,” said Teasdale.

Read more and watch the video: http://www.kgw.com/news/local/city-takes-aim-at-northeast-portland-couples-tiny-house/295677128

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Elaine Walker