Tiny Cape house bogged down in a swamp of red tape

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Tiny Cape house bogged down in a swamp of red tape

Property owner says it’s a model for sustainable living, but the city is unmoved and now the matter is going to trial

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A tiny house is causing a big problem for a resident in the opulent Cape Town suburb of Constantia.

After allowing a tiny house on a trailer to be parked at the bottom of her 10,000m² garden, Leigh Holloway has been criminally charged by the City of Cape Town for allowing a “caravan” with a tenant to be placed on her property.

She has already appeared in court twice in court, insisting that the structure is not a caravan but an example of how the tiny house movement – which is flourishing in North America, Australia and New Zealand – could help to solve the housing crisis while role-modelling sustainable living...

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