In reading the article “Couple homeless on the land they own” in the May 11 edition of The Central Virginian, I was struck with the absurdity of Mr. Gobie and Ms. Archer’s predicament.
My first concern was how were they going to comply with the county’s regulation when his means of income are limited because he can’t work in his garage because of the permit necessary stating he had to have a “proper” home to live in.
It would appear to me that his camper should be considered as his “proper” home until such a time he can resume his occupation and have income to proceed with improvements. It just seems mean-spirited to harass this couple that is doing their best to survive on their own land. To pay for staying at Small Country Campground is $158 per week without any hookups. How can they afford this?
My insurance company made me take out a separate policy on our camper, treating it like a second home. I could no longer just add it to our bundled policy covering home and auto as I had done in previous years. So, the definition of a camper has been changed. I also pay the county personal property taxes on my camper.
My second concern is that since the nation is turning toward the “Tiny Homes” movement, which incorporates these as permanent homes on wheels that can be moved as wanted, what will Louisa County consider in this situation? I saw a “tiny house” listed in the newspaper for $30,000 last week in Culpeper. It is on wheels. Come on Louisa. You need to change the law. We have to be flexible for the upcoming movement.
Editor’s note: this first appeared in the May 18th edition of the Central Virginian, and is re-posted with the author’s permission, and is only available via hard copy or online to paying subscribers