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I don't think the City should crack down on illegal secondary residential units when the major issue here is the fact that a smoke detector wasn't working. Even if the unit is "Approved" today doesn't mean the smoke detector will be working in the future. Each person should be responsible for themselves and check their own smoke detectors every year at the time changes.
Perhaps if all homes were allowed to have secondary units there would be many more affordable places to live. For one it would help the homeowner subsidize their mortgage by offering a secondary unit for rent. The more secondary units in the market for rent may bring rents down thus making living more affordable.
Aren't there enough other things in the world to worry about than if someone has a second residence on their own property? Granted, safety should be first and formost if someone allows this on their own property. If it doesn't inconveniece the neighbors (parking, loud parties, animal issues) then it shouldn't be a problem. There is enough government control of our freedoms already.
I think the operative word here is "illegal" secondary units. You want a second unit, do it right. If the law says you can't have a second unit, get enough like minded people together and change the law, just ignoring it should not be an option. Other than that, I agree that any resident should take personal responsibility, if it's unsafe, insist the landlord fix it, fix it yourself, move, turn them in, or take your chances.
The death of Dave was unfortunate. It is too bad that he didn't have a smoke detector that was functioning, that he did not wake up from the smell of smoke and met an untimely death. However, he was an adult and knew that his dwelling did not have a smoke detector, something that could have been easily remedied. It is frustrating that somebody's irresponsibility could potentially cause the city to have to audit all secondary dwellings. Accountability is the issue here, not policy.
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