Tiny House Legalities and Toys
I got a piece of mail the other day, it was from the assessor office. I opened it and to my surprise my name was tied with James’s lot and there was a property value of $22,000 for my house. I gave them a ring to figure out what this means, am I ‘legit’ now? The gal was very nice and was familiar with my house, even referred to it as ‘the tiny house’. She explained to me that since it was an unlicensed vehicle it was assessed and taxed as personal property. I explained that it was infact licensed. She said ‘cool’ send me the registration and we will take care of it.
I sent her the registration but it had expired in January. I asked her if the RV registration needed to be updated every year because the DMV told me I only needed to re-register any time I was taking it on the road. She told me that I could either re-register it every year with the DMV or pay property taxes on it, she let me know that property taxes would be around $450.00 a year so that if it was cheaper to go through the DMV that that would work for them at this point. So I went to the DMV, paid $45.00 and thought that the assessor lady was a really sweet gal for clearing that up and helping me out. Just for reference, the DMV valued my house originally for $8,500, this year that went down to $6,500. I think the assessors value is much closer at $22,000 but that would cover materials only in the real world.
So, moral of the story, I am once again legal :).
MiniM, whose name is already out of the bag (Hazel), and I have spent the day sporadically crying [her], eating, napping [her] and making some baby toys, you can see our progress below! They aren’t the prettiest but they will do for now.