You aren’t providing a charity. I’m sorry, here’s nothing wrong with basement tenants per se… and I totally agree with your point of horrible landlords as well. But there are some disadvantages to be aware of as well. The landlord must make money renting out the suite he has. My Landlords live above me. At first it was just a half hour or so in the morning, but eventually she started just going and doing her grocery shopping, leaving me sitting with her kids for hours. My current landlord had a leakage problem within the bathroom he kept telling me he would fix. Sometimes I just sit with a plastic heater in my lap to defrost. Plus here’s a secret, a whole house attracts the very best tenant profile of all. Because, you know poor people are the only terrible tenants. Disadvantages. (photo by phodge100 on flickr)While a bit dated, we still related to this New York Times article from 2004. The last time I rented it was for $775 per month, but my utilities cost went up about $200 per month. For all you landlords with a basement apartment..u can have a good experience too, if u make sure the person is good! I think the pros outweigh the cons. Not so much. Then there’s another one I rented just up the street here, nice young couple except they are dirty. See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. It gets so cold sometimes that I am in thermal underwear, plus clothes, under a blanket and I cannot get my feet to warm up. You hear your neighbors’ noises even if you don’t want to bother listening to such sounds. I am currently renting a basement apartment in Edmonton. Why should I give you an unsecured line of credit for an apartment? I fixed them up to modern standards, charge a premium, and in most cases have had wonderful tenants. 8-Landlords cats playing with the springy door stop(yeh…it’s funny unless it is happening to you at 0300am). I wish landlords could be more considerate of us tenants. Yes, thats right, 6 more people and there was nothing we could do. My experience with renting has generally been positive, relative to the horror stories, but the old “I’m the only occupant” is used and abused so much I never believe it any more. The source of all evil is probably a basement apartment. I found this wonderful fully renovated basement apartment. I just want to know the risk factor in renting ? Please dont say demolish the house or move out it took a lot of looking to get this apartment. And if your basement apartment doesn’t meet zoning requirements you’re always at risk to get shut down. (like new fridge, ext) and always demands a reduction in rent if it’s not done asap. If you can explain to me why a tenant in his or her right mind would rent a basement apartment when they can rent an apartment in a building for the very same price or lower, I would love to hear it. As for the temperature? Go to the Landlord & Tenant and ask around what floor the tenants live on… I’ll admit I’m no Sally Sunshine but saying what I’ve observed after 15 years in this business doesn’t make me burned out. Unfortunately many basement apartments are cold and humid. For me it’s a combination of awfulness. The ones I had problems with they were relatively minor. There's also a difference between basement and garden apartments. The slum Lord here clears the ice and snow from his walkway and stairs but not mine. Hardest properties to manage???!!! Buy the cheaper house. That’s only part of my arthritis condition it’s also hereditary and i live with numerous medical conditions. Why I choose basements over large apartment buildings? The Pros and Cons of Renting Out Part of Your Home On the surface it seems like a fabulous idea: Carve out a portion of your home, rent it out and use the rental income to pay your mortgage. The landlord keeps his heat at 23c but it’s always a very cold, dry 20c down here. I have a cold basement apartment. It’s cold outside and your friendly Ontario Works recipient gets $525 per month to live AND pay rent. Like all basements, the walls of your walk-out basement will still be susceptible to moisture and containment issues, even though a portion of it is open to the outside. I’ve rented to many people on social assistance. The next time you move out of a cold and damp place and the landlord did nothing but collect your money – put in a complaint to both the local bylaw and building departments because guaranteed 90% of these are illegal. No matter how good my landlording skills are I cannot affect physics. In many parts of the country full basements will be the norm, while others will have slab foundations and still others will have crawl spaces. The slum Lord here clears the ice and snow from his walkway and stairs but not mine. your password Then the next morning she asked if I wanted to go for breakfast and if she could pay me on Friday, then the next day text and said she was sick and could I go get her gingerale. I’m probably the best renter most landlords will ever have … even if I say so myself. I’m not sure why you are saying basements are very humid, Rachelle. I’ve wondered that too! Thanks for looking down on basement tenants I’m a recent uni grad, on my first job and I live in a basement suite. Landlords seem fine and sane. People who are new to the country, elderly on a pension, students etc. It’s part of the business. That doesn’t mean the apartment isn’t safe. Hi, I live in a basement and i have absolutely no problem with the apartment. There’s a higher likelihood of a radon issue – but it can be avoided/prevented by using radon resistant techniques and installing an active radon mitigation system. By that point we were in better shape and took back the basement. First of all, NEVER ever rent a basement ‘suite’. Have you considered that your asshole is a “goldmine” too? For example I used to rent the 2 bedroom downstairs for $900 then I found that the building down the street had reduced their prices to $800 for a two bedroom. Really they need a plumber to come and tell them what the hell is going on. There are many perks to choosing the first floor, one of those being easy and quick access to your apartment. Some are full apartments with a kitchen, separate entrance, master suite and family room. Not everyone who rents a basement suite is a problem. We rely on readers like you to uphold a free press. However, there are also many cons to consider before making a final decision. She smiled sweetly and said, “no, mommy lets me jump on your bed when you’re out”. Its a win win. My current experience has led me to conclude that I will never live in a basement apartment again. 99% of people who rent out their basements cannot actually afford their homes, and their greed and delusion turns them into exploitative (and apparently unrealistic bordering on delusional) slumlords. 5-Living in the dark because you can’t open your curtains. Such a poor article… same on you for labeling people without knowledge of these “low profile clients”. I don’t know! Cons of Luxury Apartments Since basement apartments tend to be partially or mostly underground, moisture can seep in from any cracks in the foundation, and mold could grow behind or on walls, ceilings and floors, he says. I have notice since I’ve been doing this that tenant quality is eroding in general as barriers to owning your own property decreased. Rachelle your a self absorbed bitch who knows absolutely nothing about life. I’m breaking my lease because of it, well actually they broke it, I’m just leaving. Did you ever have an adult discussion about them not playing golf in your tomato plants and they failed to comply? It’s all about the disadvantages and suprising advantages to living in a ground floor apartment. 2-Killer cement stairs with cement stucco on each side that make you feel you are walking…or falling, into an underground cript. He insisted on fixing it on his own, which took him several months. If you think that basement apartments are a “goldmine” I’m sure you’ve carefully calculated out the extra utilities paid, extra management costs, associated legal expenses and headaches. I rented my own basement for years. He’s not inexperienced at being a landlord so im going to say he’s just a DOUCHE and if someone ever injures themselves due yo his negligence he will get sued. My apartment is located in a poor area of the city with lots of drug use and homeless people. I prefer to read sensible comments from those people who can rationally read an article and be ok that an author has an opinion that comes from their experiences, like this article. Nice thing about them is that you can get your money back for damages etc. Couldnt sleep so brought down the owners and they said its the heater pipes in the ceiling, heres some earplugs. It’s true they are much cheaper, that’s not necessarily good for the landlord . The neighbourhood is good, I have a parking space, I don’t do too much, the landlord and his family are friendly. Where do our rejects end up? Garfield, Yep, basement tenants are not for the faint of heart. I too rented out my basement apartment and I did have great tenants for long time but, the bad ones were very bad…, So nice of you to be judgmental of people on social assistance. More seasoned investors often opt to rent out the house as a whole. They clear trees and you can’t park out front. I get it, you need the money from the basement apartment or do you really? Moving … I enjoyed the straight-cut delivery of this article. Snow fall is a real pain. Little offended by this as up until January 2009, I had good credit, and my wife and I where saving for a down payment to buy a home. More awesome. It’s the most ridiculous situation and no one should be lessened to live in a basement, let alone pay for it. Send. But that’s just a guess. I’m renting a basement for the advantages it affords … yes there are some good reasons for preferring to live downstairs. Many years ago, I was that new landlord – never again! You can also conduct your own survey of property management companies… most won’t take basement apartments or houses that have them. And all rachelle has to say to Juliet’s comment is “I’m truly not exaggerating” ha ha ha what a horrible come back argument. And in response to your comment/question “who broke your arms and legs?” that person was my ex husband who had broken 1 arm and 1 leg. You deserve to enjoy your residence Susan. If you ever go into a basement ‘suite’ situation, never ever sign a lease. By the time you add in the risk from the utilities problem and minus your split from the rent or add in the time spent chasing the money from the basement, is it really worth it? Because of them, many people get affordable housing, affordable housing that wouldn’t be available if it wasn’t for basement suites. We gave her a great deal to help her out and no lie, within a month, she had moved in her new boyfriend, her brother, brother’s girlfriend, their baby and her 2 nieces. I think part of your issue with all these problem tenants is the fact you rent out crappy places. I had to install special windows that met the fire code as well. Your landlord is allowed to go into your place with 24 hour notice, unless it’s an emergency or unless you waive the requirement. SMH. For example the bathroom or the stove. Im in similar state with arthritis and other medical conditions. Ask anyone who works in the business. Easiest post ever hah! Brampton has subdivions that were built with lovely 3 bedroom upper and lower units and they shut down tons of these apartments if the owner did not have proof dating back to 1994? Coming from the Vancouver area, in the city proper a significant % (probably a majority now) of houses have basement suites, often two of them and occasionally three if one includes a laneway house. 7-People throwing used needles into the back yard. Especially in small homes it is impossible to provide the natural light or ventilation in the basement. Filling the suite has never been a problem for the right price (discounts were offered to perceived good tenants) but given the number of applicants we rejected I have to wonder where the rejects eventually ended up! Over exaggerating this story. Pin. We always paid our rent on time, were clean and are quiet types. If I was faced with that choice, I’d eat too. It helps the Landlord and the Tenant both save money. In these cases, the front door usually functions as the entrance from the street and the back door opens up into a yard. Basement apartment weren’t designed to live in. Single mothers who are not in receipt of child support and can not afford a “real” apartment. I know, if my mortgage is more then 1700 then I cant afford them with out renting a basement. wow … you sure are judgemental of us ‘bottom dwellers’. Over the last 12 years having them there has provided me with $194,000 in revenue. they were a family of four, him and her with two teen age kids. Dee, it’s really ok. I’m not really nice so here’s what I have to say about mold. Plus in this old house of mine the soundproofing is not good at all so every time they had an argument I would be subjected to it. Things I won’t miss about my basement apartment experience: 10-Uneven floors requiring spacers on all tables to level them out. Good luck, Susan. It is illegal and impractical to want to chain them inside and tape their mouths shut, leaving just access to their wallets open for you to steal your mortgage payment. So I get what you’re saying. During my first weeks stay theres a banging sound coming from the ceiling every 10 seconds. I’ve closed down countless basements that were affordable because of tenants that complain, most of whom complain while still in them… and become homeless and can’t find another place at the same price. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. And guess what…then it’s not affordable and it’s not profitable. Common sense would dictate that when you knowingly rent to someone with pets, they’re going to make use of the yard property. You make some really good points I missed. For many, the benefits of owning a property with a secondary unit far outweigh the disadvantages. Many basement apartments are not […], I have a wonderful spacious basement apartment and its the best apartment in the building. I get that you’re own experiences with renting out your basement suite may have left you jaded about this type of rental but, it seems that most of your arguments are based on what irritated you based on your own personality, not because these types of tenants are the lowest possible denominator when it comes to tenants. Here are some of the pros and cons of loft-style apartments. Then tell them to take their blanket and shove it you know where. Mine rents for 25% less than a comparable apartment. I’ve seen cases of people casing suites for their parents or out-of-town relative who will be immigrating. People are confused about owning an apartment or house but more people are now switching to apartments because of the convenience and the value for money they have to offer. I would forbid myself to spend too much time indoors on my days off and tried not to let it get to me. After a certain point all you can go on is looking the applicant in the eyes and even then who knows. If I had arthritis, I would not live in a basement. Basement apartments are literally located at the bottom of the floor of a building while a garden apartment is located on the ground floor and has a direct path to the garden, hence the name. The city of Toronto wants $27,000 in development charges for a third unit in a house. Still, I think people are well advised to heed your warnings though, especially the part about what area they are in. Not just him but all the affordable apartments most who had been living there for 10+ years. Hi Lily, it is the landlord’s job to fix the apartment, unless you caused the damage. On top of the banging in the ceiling I get tapping sounds and sqeaks 24/7. Is there anything me or the owners can do for this medieval horror sound torture to cease ? One simple word; bed bugs. In some cases, a basement apartment will have both a front door and a back door. It’s so dry down here that my eyes are hurting 24/7, the paint is cracking and I was getting shocked from the light switches 15+ times a day before my husband put tape over the screws. If I get bed bugs in a basement suite I know exactly where they came from. No landlord or property manager is going to rebuild the house to deal with these building issues. Rented it for a year. It works quite well. We had a good relationship also. or the sound of running feet overhead? 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