Mobile Home Center hopes to rent out space to tiny homeowners
BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- A mobile home center in Brunswick is working on a plan to welcome tiny homes to the neighborhood.
Linnhaven Mobile Home Center has been in Kitt Scarponi's family for six decades, but it was just last year he started getting questions about a new trend.
"A lot of people are talking tiny homes," Scarponi says, "And we've been approached by a few of the tiny homeowners and associations wondering if we had a place for them and we do."
Scarponi says there's space on the property that he'd like to turn into "Tinyville", where owners can rent spots for their tiny homes rather than buy them.
"We could probably accommodate more than 30," he says.
Scarponi stresses, however, he wants owners of tiny homes to know the dwellings have different standards than mobile homes, which are built to housing and urban development or HUD standards.
"So that's a federal standard and those standards cannot be preempted by local towns or states," Scarponis says.
The state of Maine did adopt a standard in its latest Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code that defines tiny homes and provides some code requirements, but beyond that, it's a local issue.
"It's going to be tricky," Scarponi says, "'Cause they're not built to those standards that are proven and designed to allow people to live in year-round. Some of the tiny homes have the utilities on the outside, utilities on the outside freeze up quicker."
Scarponi says he's working with Brunswick's codes enforcement officer and future renters to hopefully make Tinyville a reality.
"There's a couple tiny homes that want to come in here and we're trying to find out, can they or can't they," he says.