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Old 01-30-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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Well, there was a bargain deal 6 months ago on a big garage built on some land in Rockford, IL. I was going to buy this $32,000 deal but my brother told me they will kick you out for living in a garage. I said, who will know?

Does that mean you can't buy land in certain places and then you can't build a shack and garage to live in [off grid, too], too?
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:12 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Most places have building codes, so, no, you can't in most places.

Try Alaska away from any town. Not that there aren't rules but nobody wants to drive out there to see what you are doing.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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State law here allows to live in a trailer/barn/shack for up to 5 years if you are planning to build a home in that time. At least this was the law 20 years ago. But keep in mind that we are talking about a minimum of several acres of land (not a city lot).
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:23 AM
 
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Lets deal with the most important issue. What do you mean by "Off-Grid"?

Off Grid simply means not connected to the utility services or utilizing the utility services of the area. However, some tin-foil loonies also call Off-Grid as living in some bunker with more guns than toilet paper waiting for some alien invasion or black helicopters. Still others refer to Off-Grid as owning the property but living illegally in whatever they have, building, trailer, garage, school bus... And you have those who toss Off-Grid around just because their building material is alternative even though they have all the modern conveniences.

Off-Grid is legal in many areas depending on your definition. Of course, violating zoning, development, environmental, fire, or building codes so you don't have to spend money conforming doesn't equal Off-Grid. So more details are necessary to get any reasonable answer.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:26 AM
 
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Why is that? People make homes out of those metal shipping crates. If you work on converting the garage I don't why you couldn't.


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Old 01-30-2017, 05:13 PM
 
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By off-grid I meant it isn't connected to utilities. But that Rockford garage only had electricity installed. I was going to use it as storage and home base. Except I backed out because I realized there was a big piece of grassland to take care off [I hate landscaping].
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Florida is pretty strict on the building codes. During a major hurricane, we don't need the shacks and sheds to break up and become projectiles that damage the homes of others. Even the post-Andrew singlewide mobile homes have to be built and tied down to meet 140 mph wind thresholds.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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In some areas your perspective neighbors decided they "don't want that kind around"


In my area they say: "we don't care"
So I have my solar powered offgrid house how I want it.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Rockford, IL is far from the only community with codes enforcement.
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Not that many Americans bother to read their own laws - BUT - you might investigate the difference between private property absolutely owned (and not regulated) versus estate (real estate) held with qualified ownership and subject to regulation and ad valorem taxation.

Remember, all state constitutions (and the federal) explicitly protect private property. Whereas real estate is subject to taxation and confiscation for non-payment.
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