The density issue

Unused spaces in basements, attics, and garages are widely available for smaller units, as are large apartments that can be subdivided. The potential new supply of smaller units, then, is very large and could increase population density far more than … Read More “The density issue”

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The fire sprinkler issue

A major obstacle is a costly requirement to install fire sprinklers in all units when a fourth unit is added. Fire sprinklers save lives and property. Every new unit adds a stove and furnace, both fire sources. The requirement is … Read More “The fire sprinkler issue”

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The fashionable trend to smaller units

We at SPOA have been aware for many years of “naturally affordable” smaller units, lumped together as “accessory dwelling units.” Recently, the idea of “micro-units” has gained attention. They are very small, compact units, cheaper but relatively costly as new … Read More “The fashionable trend to smaller units”

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Creating smaller new units in existing housing, with lower rents

We are over-housed   

Housing advocates often call for more family-sized units with two or three bedrooms – a wrong-headed idea. Today’s households are much smaller than they used to be, and they often live in large units built originally for … Read More “Creating smaller new units in existing housing, with lower rents”

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Ways households can lower their rents

Move to a smaller apartment, get a roommate, get another roommate, move to a nearby cheaper neighborhood or city, have two small families share a large apartment, and – last resort – move back in with parents or relatives.

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