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Vancouver has a law that says all new houses and renovations must ensure that houses are accessible to people with disabilities. That means wider doors, lower handles, specialized bathrooms, etc. In theory it sounds great, but it is passing on a huge cost to everyone who wants to modify their home at all.

My brother- and sister-in-law bought a house there a year ago. It was already insanely expensive, even though it needed a lot of work. They budgeted a certain amount of money to add an extra room to the house and redo the roof, but found out after the fact that they would also need to change all the doors, cabinets, bathrooms, etc in the whole house as well. The extra expenses are devastating them.


I get that the city wants to make it easier for people with disabilities to find housing that is suitable and that doesn’t present an extra cost to them, but passing on that cost to everyone (whether or not the work is needed) seems like the wrong way to go about it.

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