HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – A tiny house was built on a piece of fertile farm land along East Street in Hadley, but town officials say it’s not supposed to be there.
The woman living in the very small house, 22-year-old Sarah Hastings, got permission from the property owner to build the tiny house next to the owner’s home. Hastings hoped to fulfill her dream of living a simple, sustainable life. But the town issued a violation after someone complained.
Zoning laws prohibit a mobile home on residential property and at only 190 square feet, her home violates building code. Sarah appealed to the town and is being allowed to live there until May 6th.
Between now and then, she plans to draft and pass a town by-law that would zone for tiny houses, and allow her to stay.
Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon told 22News, “Our main concern is just safety. Compliance with building codes is a safety issue first and foremost. It’s also a sanitary and health issue. That is our main concern that people live in a safe manner that is conducive to the neighborhood.”
Sarah has started a petition that has had more than 1,300 supporters. Click Here to find out more.