Saanich should fol­low Vic­to­ria on gar­den suites

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “Vic­to­ria makes it eas­ier, cheaper to build gar­den suites,” April 15.

Ku­dos to Vic­to­ria coun­cil for its re­cent move to le­gal­ize gar­den suites, and I hope that Saanich coun­cil takes sim­i­lar steps.

There is a tremen­dous need for af­ford­able hous­ing in our Saanich com­mu­nity, and we are in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of liv­ing on a large lot in a walk­a­ble neigh­bour­hood close to the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria, Gyro Park and the ameni­ties of Cad­boro Bay Vil­lage. We have an ex­ist­ing ac­ces­sory build­ing that was fully ren­o­vated by per­mit to code in 2015 with am­ple off-street park­ing, and yet we are un­able to use this build­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mean­while, our babysit­ter and three of her univer­sity stu­dent friends were forced through lack of op­tions to pay $2,000 per month to rent a small, cold, damp and mouldy basement suite one block away. The black mould in this le­gal basement suite caused them so many res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems that they had to take turns stay­ing in the guest bed­room in our home, since we weren’t able to of­fer them our ac­ces­sory build­ing.

With no other rental op­tions, they were forced to re­main in this dan­ger­ous basement suite and were un­able to en­force their ten­ants’ rights be­cause the land­lord had a wait­ing list of des­per­ate renters. This sit­u­a­tion is un­ac­cept­able, and we en­cour­age Saanich coun­cil to move for­ward ex­pe­di­tiously by le­gal­iz­ing sec­ondary suites in ac­ces­sory build­ings. Ra­mona John­ston Cad­boro Bay

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