Many people love the appeal of tiny houses, but they worry about how they will be able to stay in touch with family and friends.
When your tiny house is on wheels, do you have a legitimate way to receive your mail?
Do tiny houses have addresses?
Some tiny houses do have addresses, but it depends on the area you live in and where your house is located. If you do not have an address, there are plenty of other solutions so that you can still receive your mail, such as mail forwarding services and PO boxes.
How Do People Get Mail When Living in a Tiny House on Wheels?
One of the benefits of living in a tiny house on wheels is that you can travel and move at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, this is also a problem when it comes to receiving mail.
It can be difficult to figure out how to get your bills and letters from friends and family members when you are always on the go. However, you do have a few different options, particularly if you plan to stay in one place for a while.
First, many people use a friend or family member’s address to receive their mail.
If you are living in an area where it may not be legal for you to live in your tiny house, this is one way to get the mail without drawing too much attention to your living situation.
This does have a few major disadvantages, though. For example, your friend may not prioritize your mail and could forget to relay important letters or bills to you quickly. They can also grow tired of having to sort through and deliver your mail to you on time.
More people prefer the option of paying for a PO box at their local post office.
While it is an additional expense each month, it is worth it to have some control over when and where you can pick up your mail. As long as the post office is relatively close to your home, this is a great option for someone who needs to figure out how to get mail to their tiny house.
Last but not least, you could potentially get an address for the plot of land that you reside on.
If you own the property where the house resides, this should be relatively easy for you. Keep in mind that it may draw more attention to your tiny house than you would like.
Make sure that your house is built in accordance with all zoning laws for the area before requesting an address and mailbox for the property.
Can Tiny Houses on Wheels Have an Address?
Tiny houses on wheels do have the option of getting their own address in certain situations.
Before you go too far with this, you need to make sure that you are legally living in your tiny house on wheels.
Check with all zoning laws and local building codes to ensure that your tiny house on wheels is legal in your county and on your property. Otherwise, you might be drawing unwanted attention to yourself.
If you are legally living in your tiny home on your own property, you can request an address for the plot of land where your house is located. You will need to call the county assessor’s office to make your request.
It will be reviewed, and they will get back to you. Keep in mind that not all counties will grant addresses to lots that are deemed to be vacant.
You may have more luck with receiving an address for your vacant land if your tiny house is built there on a permanent foundation. Some areas require a building permit before they are willing to or able to issue a street address.
Can You Live in a (Tiny) House Without an Address Today?
Many people currently reside in tiny houses without an address.
For some people, the local building codes in their areas are not tiny home friendly. They purposely choose to move out to more rural plots of land where their mobile tiny home can be tucked back into the woods and escape the radar of local ordinances. These people often choose to live without a permanent address.
Other times, they may be legally living in their tiny home on a piece of property. However, the county may not award them an address because it is not a permanent structure. Many cities consider tiny houses on wheels to fall into the same categories as RVs. Because they are not built on foundations, they do not want to award addresses to vacant land.
In the end, there are other creative ways that you can go about getting your mail if your property does not have an address.
If you live in an area that categorizes your tiny home as an RV or if you plan to move it around frequently, then you might want an RV mail forwarding service.
These do come with some cost, but they are highly efficient at getting your mail to you promptly. Some of them even offer mail scanning services where they can scan and email your documents to you.
Make sure to ask lots of questions about these types of services to see how they handle things like packages, medications that you receive in the mail, and how they accept certified mail.
They may have additional fees associated with some of these items, and it is best to be prepared for these circumstances upfront.
Getting your mail while living in a tiny home can be a bit of a challenge.
Depending on your area, it may not be as simple as putting a mailbox out at the end of the driveway.
Keep in mind that you do have a few creative solutions for how you can stay in contact with your friends and family members while still receiving your bills on time.
Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
She mainly writes about space optimization, interior design, and downsizing. She’s also in charge of our YouTube channel. Read more about Maria here.