Letters to the Editor

Putting up with monster homes

As a longtime North Surrey resident, I once again have to express my frustration at the lack of any kind of rules surrounding the monster homes being constructed more frequently, and as time goes by, it appears that there are absolutely no restrictions anymore.

Now, one or two illegal suites are nothing. These gigantic homes have three and four suites in what are classified as single-family home areas. Long-term residents have been totally ignored as we obediently pay our taxes, abide by the “rules,” and get walked over.

I have friends where a mega home has gone in next to them and it has totally changed the peace and quiet of their residence as the neighbouring property now has one of the suites with a door right beside where their bedroom window is. The tenants stand outside smoking and chatting into the night. And their once-private deck is totally overpowered with the building next to them with all the windows looking down on their once-private area. This situation has been repeated over and over.

We had a realtor around to our 40-year-old well-maintained home and we’ve been told that any buyer in this neighborhood will put in a suite and rent it out top and bottom. What they didn’t go on to say was that it would be left to get run down and then in goes the application to pull it down and replace with a monster home.

But having witnessed this over and over, I believe the realtors are as much of a problem as developers and council are.

So where is this all going to end? People such as my husband and I need to relocate because we are “intolerant” of the needs of theses to build revenue-generating single-family homes?

I would really appreciate some kind of justification from council as to why this situation is deemed okay and we just have to put up with it.

 

Marion O’Byrne

Surrey

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