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54 U. Louisville L. Rev. 357 (2016)
Saving the American Dream: The Legalization of the Tiny House Movement
Katherine M. Vail*
Abstract

The Tiny House Movement is "a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in" in order to live simpler lives with less financial burdens. This Note will begin in Part I with an examination of the historical background in three sections. Section 1 will discuss the history of property ownership rights in American and the creation of the "American Dream." Section 2 will reveal the history behind American zoning law. Lastly, Section 3 will discuss the Tiny House Movement, including its beginnings and its objectives. Then, in Part II, the legal obstacles to and the legal loopholes utilized by the Tiny House Movement will be analyzed in light of pertinent building codes and zoning laws, using the Louisville land use and building regulations as an example. Lastly, Part III will suggest how the laws can be changed to make room for these tiny dwellers and their homes within our cities across the nation. 

* J.D. Candidate, May 2016, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville.