“It’s unfortunate these letters went out,” said Fougere.
Fougere said people taking in roommates in a city with such a tiny rental market are a big help.
The bylaw that will be reviewed is a zoning bylaw passed in 1992.
That bylaw defines a “rooming house” as “a building that is the primary residence of the owner and in which rooming units are provided by the owner, for permanent occupancy and compensation, to persons not related by blood, marriage, or adoption to the owner.”
The law expressly forbids anyone from running a “rooming house” without first being granted a permit meaning someone renting a room to a friend or stranger to help make ends meet without first getting a permit is breaking the law.
There are exceptions, however, according to Diana Hawryluk, the director of planning and sustainability for the city. In three areas of Regina – R4 and R4A zoning districts and the transitional and core areas of the city – rooming houses are permitted. An R4 zoning area would be an older residential zone and R4A refers to residential infill housing zones.
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