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Old 09-11-2019, 06:42 PM
xnylder is offline
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Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Originally Posted by kirkrapine View Post
Say, what ever did happen to boarding houses? I should think there would always be a demand for a place where you can rent a room and be served meals, all for one price. Like a bed and breakfast serving three meals instead of one.
SROs, or single room occupancy buildings aka boarding houses have been made illegal in many North American cities. Ostensibly it was for safety concerns: boarding houses facilitated the spread of disease and many were firetraps. However, it's not hard to imagine that real estate developers prefer to use that land for profitable condos instead, and that city residents who can vote (that is, people who aren't homeless) might support legislation to get rid of their transient neighbors.