How-to-Guide Laneway House
How-to-Guide: Laneway House
A comprehensive 59-page “How-to-Guide“ on Laneway House published by the City of Vancouver will help you understand how you can go about owing your own laneway house. Over 90% of the single family homes in Vancouver are within the RS1 and RS5 zonings that allow laneway houses to be built.
The City of Vancouver’s map below shows the distribution of homes with the above zonings:
The first 100 laneway houses posted on the City of Vancouver website showed that about 60% of these houses were built west of Main Street. Just over 60% of these houses were built as total site redevelopment (a new laneway house and a new main house). Two bedroom laneway houses accounted for 28% of the first 100 homes built, 67% are 1 bedroom units and 5% are studio units.
Fast forward to today, there are hundreds of laneway houses that were built the past 5 years and more of them are expected to be built in the future. Laneway housing has been well received by Vancouver’s residents in general as it is a very sensible way to add ground oriented dwellings in Vancouver’s neighborhoods.
The objections from home owners on laneway housing was parking problem and congestion created when too many cars are parked on the neighborhood roads and laneways. The twine objective of increasing the housing stock in Vancouver to provide more affordable housing didn’t turn out to fulfill the foal as planned.
Rental cost for laneway housing that started in the $1,300 range for a 1-bedroom laneway house just keep going up, and presently, the rental rates on the eastside of Vancouver have far exceeded $1,700 a month for a laneway house.
If you are a home owner interested to explore the option to add a stream of rental income, you are welcome to contact James Wong at 604-721-4817.