Canada is 150 years
old this year. But we still are fighting bullshit...
This website is devoted to
uncovering bullshit in Canada and suggesting a way to fix it. When we
consider the term "Alternative Housing" the first thing you
need to remember is that not all of it is a bad idea and not all
of it is bullshit. In our book at UnReal-EstateCanada.com
we explained that alternative real estate was now an option in
Canada. For example in the past we lived on a large sailboat on
the Pacific Coast of Canada and we enjoyed a great life style. We also
lived in a trailer and a large motorhome and again the lifestyle was
great. These are all examples of alternative lifestyles that work
quite well. But here is the problem. The term is being used to cover
well over a dozen or two different housing ideas and some ideas are
good while others are you guessed it -just bullshit! And there
are people out there attempting to make a considerable profit on
alternative housing which unfortunately defeats one of the main
objectives which is cost. So keeping that
in mind that the term "alternative housing" has some good
and some bad ideas lets start.
Renting your car or truck out for
tourists or workers to live in on city streets and parks. Yes
this is being done. One example that I saw in Toronto involved a man
renting out his SUV with a mattress in the trunk area for $15 a night
or $315 a month. So you could visit Toronto and instead of paying $150
or $200 a night or more for a hotel you could rent out his vehicle to
sleep in for less money than your would pay in taxes on a hotel bill.
I also noticed a person in Vancouver renting out his vehicle for $35 a
night and again the same idea applies. There was a story recently
about a man in New York city renting out his vehicle for overnight
sleeping. So what we have here is a trend and some cities are
changing their laws to allow this. The reason is that there is no
affordable housing for people in a lower income area if they visit a
city with high overnight hotel rates. I regard this as pure bullshit.
I do not have a problem where a city allows a person to sleep in their
vehicle overnight but I do have a problem when a person uses this as
an opportunity to generate money and money very likely where cash is
exchanged and no taxes are generated.
There is a very real need here.
Imagine that you have a new job in a Canadian city and you are being
paid minimum wage which is about $11.25 an hour. After deductions you
would be lucky to make $70 a day. But if you are staying in an
inexpensive hotel you might need to pay per night more than you make
in wages. So what do you do? You have a problem. What some
people are doing is living in their vehicles. This is not right. This
is bullshit. So what do we do?
There needs to be alternative low
priced housing available in Canada. Not fancy. Not the same size as
regular homes or condos or apartments. But we desperately need
affordable housing for people that cannot afford other rental
properties. It needs to be tied to the minimum wage. My suggesting is
that the daily cost would not exceed the minimum hourly wage in that
province. So if the minimum wage was $11.25 an hour the alternative
low priced housing would be $11.25 a day.
Now here is the problem. As we
point out in our book UnReal-Estate
Canada there are three levels of government in
Canada -Municipal, Provincial and Federal and each of them and several
other participants in Real Estate all have their hands out to collect
taxes and fees for services with the result that real estate in Canada
is our largest single source of GDP. As an example people are
attempting to sell micro houses on wheels that are surprisingly
expensive when compared to price one might pay for a new or used
travel trailer of the same size. So there need to be changes
for low priced alternative housing because you cannot have that
service to Canadians and still expect to collect all those taxes and
fees for services. And you cannot exert the same rules and regulations
on alternative housing as you do with other types of housing. And so
everyone involved must get together as a team and make those changes.
And that will end the bullshit in alternative housing while still
allow the good ideas in alternative housing to exist and
Here is a llnk to several
different books on alternative housing which you will find very
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