“I open the door an the end of the hallway. Surprise! It’s a fully occupied suite. The owner made no mention of this. How about that for a surprise after you’ve signed the lease? The owner’s sister lives in the basement!”


“Ready for a chilling Halloween rental tale? What if you moved into a house without knowing there were other people living there?
It almost happened to me today. I check out this rather promising listing at 1107 Yorston Court:
$2300 / 3br – Beautiful North Burnaby Home
Date: 2011-10-16, 2:23PM PDT; craigslist.ca; PostingID: 2653098354
It’s old, but has a large lawn and a huge deck. I’m poking around in the basement, and I open the door an the end of the hallway. Surprise! It’s a fully occupied suite. As you can see, the listing makes no mention of a downstairs suite or shared accommodation. Neither did the owner as he was showing me the place. How about that for a surprise after you’ve signed the lease? The owner’s sister lives in the basement! What if I hadn’t opened the door?”

Vulture Fun at vancouvercondo.info 29 Oct 2011 6:50pm

10 responses to ““I open the door an the end of the hallway. Surprise! It’s a fully occupied suite. The owner made no mention of this. How about that for a surprise after you’ve signed the lease? The owner’s sister lives in the basement!”

  1. youtube.com/watch?v=TzxV9s6mr3A

  2. Honestly, it could be much worse than having the owner’s sister live there. Yes, not disclosing it is a questionable, but let’s face it, looking for rental places in Vancouver…what do people expect. The relative social status Vancouverites:

    1) Super rich and/or old money
    2) HAM
    3) “Normal” home owners (ie. purchased pre-2005
    4) Idiot 5% down home owners
    5) Occupy Vancouver protestors
    6) Homeless
    7) Stanley Cup rioters
    eight) Renters

  3. Craigslist needs to get on the social bandwagon and enable comments on listings.

    • One of the best ideas I’ve ever seen. That might force landlords to think twice. Letter campaign to Craigslist, anyone?

      We also went to see a place where we didn’t discover till we were touring it with the landlord that an elderly woman lived in the basement.
      That landlord and place was much nicer though than the place we looked at just off Dunbar where there was no question we’d be sharing the basement with rats.

  4. Same thing happened to us. The owner said over the phone that no one lived in the house. Then when we got there, we were told that, yes, someone actually does live there–and that we would be responsible for paying his utilities!

  5. His sister was included as part of the rental? Excellent!

    (This will be one of my few posts “in character” as Jeff Murdock.)

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