This startup wants to put a free tiny house in your backyard
Hello! Putting little houses in people’s backyards is seen as a simple way to make a (small) dent in
Putting little houses in people’s backyards is seen as a simple way to make a (small) dent in the housing crisis: One estimate says that the Bay Area has room for 300,000 backyard houses. A new California law that smooths the permitting process has resulted in a jump in the number being constructed, but actually figuring out how to get one built is still a major stumbling block for many homeowners who are backyard-house curious. Rent My Backyard wants to take care of all the hard parts to spur a boom in backyard building: They build the house (it’s mostly prefab, so it doesn’t take much time) and handle the maintenance. In exchange, they split the rent with the homeowner for 30 years, until the tiny house is paid off.