Disadvantages to owning and making a tiny house one's primary residence include factors such as the need to purchase or rent land upon which to put the house and the dramatic lifestyle change that tiny house living represents for many people. Purchasing land may negate the cost savings that supposedly make tiny houses more affordable than standard-size houses, and it can also be hard to find a place to build a tiny house, especially in municipalities that have minimum square footage restrictions.
The lifestyle change is also a major factor for tiny house owners, especially for people who do not live alone, because tiny houses do not afford a lot of privacy and living space. Organization is also important, as limited storage space means that tiny home dwellers can't leave their stuff scattered or stacked.
Some tiny houses may also be too small to accommodate more than one or two guests, making these homes unsuitable for indoor entertaining. People who are used to having friends over, hanging out at home and puttering around their houses may find these types of activities more challenging in a dramatically smaller space.