Tiny homes are often sought as an alternative option
for affordable housing but since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the industry has been inundated with inquiries from a new breed of tiny-home enthusiasts.
- Tiny-home builders are reporting new interest since COVID-19 hit
- Sales have doubled for one builder as people look to leave the city, create income, or create a home office space
- The Australian Tiny Homes Association hopes new guidelines for councils will make approval of tiny homes easier
Some tiny-home builders have reported a doubling in demand for their services in the past month.
President of the Australian Tiny House Association (ATHA) Kim Connolly said
members were seeing some specific trends in who was looking to buy.
“We’re finding now that tiny homes are important to middle-income earners in
Australia — before, it was people who were looking for affordable housing,” she said.
“Now, it’s people who already have a house and a backyard but, because of COVID-19, they’ve lost part
of their income stream: so now, tiny houses are starting to be seen as a way to add an income.”