The City of Vancouver allows any RS1 and RS5 zoned property to put in a laneway house provided it meets some siting criteria. That same house can already be built to its maximum FSR and still be eligible. It can have a self contained secondary suite and still be eligible. So that is now turning a single family dwelling into a 3 family dwelling. This is a good thing, That original home would be worth over a million in all likelihood, add the cost of a suite and laneway and you are at 1.4 easily. If someone had a big down payment they could buy it and rent out the 2 extra dwellings to pay off the mortgage. But how can this help the average Joe, starting out with a decent paycheck and working hard but no chance to buy a 1.5 mill property!?
Joe probably has friends in the same boat. If those 3 friends each bought a part of the property. Joe could get into home ownership ( without starting in a closet in the sky) for about $500,000.! These arrangements can be created by contract. All 3 parties are on title in an undivided interest and a seperate legal contract spells out what percentage each owns. Harder to get a mortgage, yes, harder to sell, yes but Joe can own! and plant what he wants in the garden and change the kitchen cupboards and all those delightful things that come from home ownership.All 3 parties have the pride of home ownership . Coming to a neighborhood near you? perhaps the next Real Estate wave, if the mortgage brokers can find any easy way to structure this.