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So, you all know the stories of our rental place being sold out from under us three times in five years.  Yep.

Well, the latest trouble comes in the form of this letter from our new landlords:

Dear Susie & Travis

The City of Vancouver has recently instructed us that the interior stair between the main floor and the lowest level has to be reinstated.

This will require that the Washer/Dryer off the kitchen on the main floor will have to be relocated.

We anticipate scheduling this work to be carried out in October.  Once we return from our vacation we will meet with you and present the strategy to minimize any disruption to you.

Best wishes for the rest of the summer!

Here’s a picture of the current arrangement.

This change will require connecting our unit to the unit downstairs, which I really don’t like the feel of, even if there is a lock on a door between them—it’s less secure, and lets noise carry better.

It will also require us losing some floor space to the washer dryer, and I really don’t like the sound of that.  Our place has little enough storage as it is.  I don’t think we have much recourse, though—I mean, can we stop the landlord from making this renovation? I doubt it.

Maybe the landlords will come up with an awesome solution—rooftop laundry, or free drycleaning or I don’t know what… but it’s another pain in the keaster and I just want to have a place to call my own. sigh.


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