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Makeup artist Alannah Hutchings, 23, has been renting this small basement suite for $1,195 per month in North Glenmore with her brother since September 2013. After leaving a roomy townhouse she shared with a friend just before the summer of 2013, she stayed with her parents for a few months until she and her brother were able to find this secondary suite. Unfortunately, they were searching for rental properties right after the June floods when availability was tight and prices skyrocketed.
Hutchings says, “We didn’t really have a choice… even places you wouldn’t blink twice at were asking for perfect credit and outrageous deposits because they could—because everyone was looking for a place to live.” She says landlords at that time seemed to have the upper hand in picking renters. “We would have stayed anywhere at that point,” Hutchings says.
She’s unsure if the suite is fully legal. She adds that although the location and access to amenities is nice, the suite’s small size of roughly 475 sq. feet and chilly environment is getting to her. Her brother plans to stay in the suite and get another roommate when Hutchings moves in May to Silverado in the far S.W. corner to live with a friend who just purchased a home there.