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Jaime Calderon currently rents a one-bedroom room within a bungalow in the N.W. neighbourhood of Dalhousie. The 57-year-old doesn’t see the room as being the best accommodation, but has no time to search for another place to live since he spends his work weeks in Calgary and weekends back home in Edmonton with his wife and two children.
Calderon currently pays $550 per month, which includes his utilities. Although a low price for Calgary’s market, he believes the rent is not reasonable because of how “decrepit” the room is.
The owner of the home that Calderon rents from has arranged it so that three single male renters live in the basement and three single female renters live on the top floor of the home. Within the basement there are three bedrooms, all of which share one full bathroom, a washer and dryer and a kitchenette. In addition, there is a separate door to access the basement.
Within the three-bedroom basement, two bedrooms are legal and one is illegal, Calderon says. The third bedroom poses as a safety hazard as it does not have a window for an emergency exit. “So in reality, the basement should only be able to rent to two people,” Calderon says.