We have been looking at rents on Craigslist, and talking about the disconnect. Rent vs Own calculators, vacancy rates, etc. Just be thankful you aren't in Whistler - where a crawl space rents for $650 a month. That's right - a crawl space!
(CBC) - A severe shortage of rental accommodations has forced some residents in the resort town of Whistler, B.C., to get down on their knees to find a home - literally.
Residents like Warren William have been living in crawl spaces under condo units, happy to have any place to call home. "You gotta duck in to get in," says Williams, "I have a four-foot-tall door."
Even such tiny quarters aren't cheap.
At $650 a month, including utilities, the crawl space where Williams lives is inside the Nordic Vistas townhouse development, and he considers the price a steal.
Cramped and crowded rental housing is common in the resort community, where real estate prices are among the highest in Canada. Every winter, thousands of young people in low-paying resort jobs struggle to find homes.
In 2002, a single home was shut down after it was found to contain nearly 80 beds, with 24 in the attic.
What's next? Cardboard box CONdo's at the Whistler dump?
I thought that Canada was a "First World" nation.
There is something hideously wrong here.
note - I lifted the pic above from another site and photoshopped it. No credit because I don't remember where, and it was most likely lifted from elsewhere anyway. If you sort of recognize the pic, thanks!