A small, bare-bones apartment near Cabbagetown that garnered gasps over social media on Thursday may pass as an acceptable rental unit under government regulations, and tenant advocates are concerned that it signals a worsening state of affordable housing.
The glorified closet is renting for $1,100 per month.
Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations executive director, Geordie Dent, called it a "ridiculous condition to live in" that fills him with a sense of "crushing sadness."
[...] Dent said he's seeing "more and more" apartments such as this, as Toronto faces a brutal housing shortage.
The only way to solve the crisis, he said, is with government-funded affordable housing.
What's strange is that we don't have shortages of cars, clothes, refrigerators, microwaves, faucets, phones, etc. Why? Is it because those items are "government-funded"? The province of Ontario has more area than France and Germany combined. Yet, by some miracle, those two countries together have ten times the population!
So, what's the problem? Not enough supply and too much demand.
- The governments stand in the way of housing development. This limits the supply. Prices of houses and condos have skyrocketed. Rent is now becoming difficult for many.
- The government imports hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year. The diversity wants to live in the GTS (Greater Toronto Shithole). This, obviously, results in higher prices.
Conclusion: Let's get the government involved! That way average folks can grovel in front of the political elite for the chance to live in an affordable place.
Seriously, build more houses and severely restrict immigration. This isn't rocket science.