“Sometimes small is just too small, even in a city grappling with out-of-control real estate prices and a shortage of affordable rentals.
A couple of years ago, Ches Lam created a tiny, 250-square-foot house in his east side backyard as a guest cottage for visitors, but the Vancouver carpenter didn’t consider city bylaws when he converted his former workshop/garage into a living space.
Now it has to go.
Lam says his neighbours love the little cottage and have even rented it for their own guests, but someone has made a complaint and city inspectors have given him notice to get rid of the place.
‘It’s kind of heartbreaking, said Lam, 39, who has listed the cottage for sale on Craigslist.
‘People love it, except for the one neighbour. I really don’t want to sell it, but the city wants me to take it out.’…”