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The Landowner’s Guide To Tiny House Land Rental on February 3, 2023

It’s not just tiny house owners who are getting involved in the tiny house movement. In fact, most would be completely lost without the landowners who provide a place to park it. So, if you’ve got a bit of extra space on your property, this could be a way to take part without having to commit to tiny living yourself. And, you could also make some extra income too. But how do you know if your property is suitable for a tiny house land rental? We’re here to help you figure that out.

What are the benefits of renting your land for a tiny house?

Renting land you already own to a tiny house owner is a great way to make some passive income with very low to no upfront costs. Most tiny house owners are simply looking for an empty space where they can park, with no other requirements. Depending on your land, a small amount of preparation might be required, but this will likely be worth it for the long-term income opportunity it provides.
But passive income isn’t the only benefit of renting your land to a tiny house owner. If you have a large property or don’t live on it yourself, you might be able to come to an agreement that your tenant looks after the land for cheaper rent. Or, when you go on holiday, it can be an easy way to find someone who can keep an eye on any animals or gardens while you’re away, and provide extra security to your primary residence.

How much can you charge?

Let’s get to the question that will likely define whether or not renting your land to a tiny house owner is worth it for you: how much can you charge? As you might expect, the answer is complicated. It depends on a variety of factors, including where you’re located, how much land you can offer, and if utilities are included in the rent. However, to give you some idea, the average weekly land rental for properties on Park My Tiny House is $150. For such little effort, that’s certainly a nice addition into your bank account every week.
To find a more accurate estimate for your area, you can also look up other listings on platforms like Tiny Real Estate. Simply search for land in your area, look for properties that are similar to your own, and see how much they’re charging. Otherwise, it could be a matter of negotiating or trying out a few different numbers until you find someone who’s interested.

What are tiny house owners looking for?

Tiny houses can vary in dimensions, but those on wheels are a maximum of 2.5 metres wide and range between 5 to 12 metres long. So, ensuring you have enough space for even the smallest tiny house is a necessity. It’s also important that your plot of land has firm, level ground and has an accessible road to drive the tiny house into the location.
Other than that, there aren’t any hard rules to tiny house land rentals. Some owners will be perfectly happy to park close to an existing residence without much space. Others will prefer more privacy and possibly even extra space to build a deck, grow a veggie garden or add a rainwater tank. And, depending on the type of tiny house, some might need to be connected to utilities. If your property permits it, providing as many of these extras as possible will only increase your target market and make it easier to find your tenant sooner.

What are the legalities?

If you’re planning to rent your land to a tiny house, it’s important to have a good understanding of the legalities that surround this unique way of living.
As the law hasn’t quite caught up to the idea of tiny houses on wheels, they currently fall under the same requirements as caravans. For this reason, Development Application approval is not required to add one to your property. However, councils do often limit how long someone can live in a caravan or tiny house. So, your best option is to check with your council to make sure your tenant would be living in their tiny house legally.
On top of this, if your tenant doesn’t have an off-grid toilet system, they may need to connect to your sewage systems. This requires a qualified plumber and council permits, so it is definitely something to confirm with your tenant before they move on to your land looking for a tenant with an off-grid tiny house may be your best option.

Where to find tiny house owners looking for land

To find tiny house owners, you need to make yourself visible where they’ll be looking for you. Advertising your property on websites specific to tiny houses will likely be your best bet, but it’s usually a good idea to make use of any platform you can. Some websites worth advertising on include:
Park My Tiny House
Tiny Real Estate
Tiny House Facebook Groups: Land and tiny houses to rent or buy in Australia
Before posting anything, be sure to give plenty of detail about where you’re located, what you can offer, and how much you’re charging, and have any more additional information close at hand for when someone gets in touch.

If you have the space, tiny house land rental is a great way to earn some passive income without any upfront costs. You’ll get to make use of your extra land whilst supporting others to live in an affordable, sustainable way in the process. To learn more about tiny houses and what you might expect from hosting one, check out the Aussie Tiny Houses blog.