Advertisement from Vancouver looking for a roommate for ‘3 or 4 nights a week’ at a rate of $750/month

A single fold-out bed in a secluded section of a Vancouver living room is advertised as best suited to someone who doesn’t actually need full-time housing — and rented for $750 a month.

The Craigslist post was posted 10 days ago, but an update on Wednesday read “a deal was signed today.”

The position describes the ideal tenant.

“It would be perfect for a classmate, as it’s a peaceful place to study and relax. Almost like a sanctuary decorated with tropical plants!” the ad reads.

“This area might be best for someone who needs it mostly for daytime use, like between classes, or for three to four nights a week. The ideal person would be someone who, like me, doesn’t doesn’t need to be here every day, or who has a schedule that overlaps with mine.”

The person who posted the ad declined an interview with CTV News, but confirmed a lease was now in place, but not if the terms included only part-time occupancy.

The space in the one-bedroom apartment near Cambie Street and King Edward Avenue also includes the use of an “office” in the unit, which is in a building close to public transport and features an outdoor pool and on-site laundry facilities. bedroom. An additional $50 per month is required for utilities, which includes internet.

The “spacious, sectioned area” is also touted as having “unobstructed, almost panoramic views of the city and ocean.”

The post is one of many ad spaces that were never meant to be rooms at relatively affordable rates – coming in at under $1,000 a month in a city where the average monthly rate for a studio apartment hovers around $2. $000.

Census data published on Wednesday shows that in 2020 renters made up 54% of households in the city. Among renters, 39.4% of households live in unaffordable housing, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. In comparison, this percentage for homeowners is 26.3.

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