A FAMILY’S tiny house dreams turned into a nightmare after they were hit with an eviction notice, forcing them to make an important decision.
Adam Smith, his wife, and two of his children moved out of their family home in Tuscan, Arizona to Ripon, Wisconsin in the summer of 2016.
They settled in an apartment while the finishing touches of the tiny home they designed were completed before finally moving in.
Unfortunately, their bliss didn’t last very long – just over a month later, trouble began to arise.
Known as the “Mustard Seed Tiny House,” the Smith family’s humble abode was only 400 square feet and sat on a corner of a family friend’s 20-acre property.
However, there was already another home on the long, and having a second one violated a zoning ordinance, according to an attorney for the town.
A notice was given to the owner of the property where the home was located, not the Smith family, and it was signed by attorney Paul Kilgore.
Adam said he got his family into the “tiny house movement,” convincing his wife, Jessica, with a bit more prodding.
However, after living their minimalist lives, the Smiths said they aren’t going back.
The family was approached to appear on national TV to talk about tiny homes, which they think will give Ripon great exposure.
“But if we get the boot, how are we going to showcase Ripon in a positive light if we’re looking for a place to live and we are homeless?” Jessica told NBC 26.
The family was told to be off the property by August 1, after which the owner would receive a daily fine.
Adam and Jessica said they expected to receive some resistance as the tiny house movement was a fairly new concept at the time.
Many other tiny home owners experienced their own problems with town ordinances and zoning laws.
To mediate the situation, the Smiths met with town representatives to potentially let the tiny home stay.
“We’re not doing this to try and like avoid anything, we’re not trying to pull a fast one on anybody,” said Adam. “We just want to live and it’s kind of hard because it’s hard to navigate all the ordinances and codes and tax stuff.
“I don’t know the best way to go about it but we’d like to play by the rules.”
A petition was created to help the Mustard Seed Tiny House stay, receiving more than 1,000 signatures.
However, the Smiths ultimately decided to move from their beloved home.
They decided to keep the location of their new home private.
“Family comes first in my home, and that’s the priority for me. That’s where we’re at,” Jessica told The Ripon Commonwealth Press.
Sadly, the property owner Rick Erdmann was fined between August 1 to the ninth as the deadline for the Smiths wasn’t extended as the family had hoped.