The Tiny House Movement has taken the world by storm. The Tiny House provides an alternative to traditional home ownership in South Africa. Each Tiny House is environmentally friendly and cost effective.
The legislature is facing its very first challenge to its draconian by-laws which currently criminalizes and prevents anyone from living in a Tiny House on a permanent basis in an area zoned for single residential housing.
Our client is facing criminal charges with the punishment of a fine of R 800 000.00 or imprisonment of 20 years. She is alleged to have committed a crime by allowing a tenant to live in a Tiny House on property which she owns.
These charges are brought on the strength of the City’s argument that the Tiny House is defined as a caravan - which it is not.
We will be launching an application in the Western Cape High Court to review the City’s by-laws with the aim of declaring it unlawful and unconstitutional.
The City has unlimited resources and we require funding to cover litigation expenses to legalize the Tiny House Movement in South Africa. Thus aligning South Africa with other countries who have taken strides to amend it’s laws to embrace eco-friendly living.