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Old 04-04-2010, 02:09 PM   #15
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As far as bylaws go, i have not been able to find anything suggesting driveway parking is not aloud (provided the trailer is not sticking out of the driveway). I found this under the section of "Motor Home Parking" at the city of Ottawa website;
City of Ottawa By-Law 2003-530 Part “B”, Section 112

No person shall park or leave any motor vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant of the property.
City of Ottawa By- Law 2003-530 Part 2, Section 18

Subject to subsections (5) and (10), no person shall park a vehicle exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or a school bus or permit a vehicle exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or school bus to remain parked on a highway at any time between 9:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. of the next following day.


However there was no mention about how long an RV/trailer could be parked on private property, so i'm assuming the length of time does not matter?


if anyone knows for sure, please let me know!
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:34 PM   #16
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There may not be a bylaw preventing you from parking an RV on the property, but I can almost guarantee that there is one preventing you from living in one under such a situation. The reason? How do you handle sewage (black water and grey water)? Read Section 133 as what you're proposing would likely be considered a secondary dwelling unit. Also see 71c as I suspect that will also be applicable. Best thing to do is contact the planning department at City Hall and ask. If the answer is yes, get it in writing. I have first hand experience with this here in Vancouver and you do not want to rely on approval that is not in writing. Also, I lived through one Vancouver winter in my trailer and it wasn't a cake walk. I lost power on a few occasions and was very lucky my water lines didn't freeze. I can't imagine spending a winter in Ontario living in the Airstream.
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:54 PM   #17
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The best thing to do is call the local government and ask. A prohibition on living in an RV could be tucked in many different areas of a municipal code... zoning, health, building, etc. It's better to know ratehr than put a property owner (or yourself) in a difficult situation.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:25 PM   #18
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You're on the right track...

I know this ain't what you're gonna wanna hear, but....

If you were able to save Seven Grand in 6 months doing what your doing, that means in another 18 months you could have over 20 ! One hell of a start !

Keep going to school and savin' your dough, living like your living..... look for even further ways to tighten your belt and stay away from any long term debt and credit cards. Get another job...

As mentioned above you will then have enough money saved to invest in something real instead of a depreciating asset, plenty of time for trailers and toys later.... build the pyramid with the wide end on the bottom !

Good luck and keep up the good work !

PS.... I don't know anything about Canadian laws and zoning, but I can tell you your idea would not fly where we hail from in the states unless your off the beaten track and away from the eyes of the constable and neighbors.

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Old 04-04-2010, 06:42 PM   #19
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PS.... I don't know anything about Canadian laws and zoning, but I can tell you your idea would not fly where we hail from in the states unless your off the beaten track and away from the eyes of the constable and neighbors.

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Usually, the only way it can work here in Canada, in an urban setting, is if the trailer is being lived in during the construction of your home. Some municipalities don't allow this and those that do usually require permits and approvals from the local government. From my experience, the primary concern is waste water and sewage disposal. In a city like Ottawa, that is chock full of bureaucrats and lawyers, I imagine they have rules on the books covering every contingency.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:18 PM   #20
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On second thought...

Hey, wait a minute..... you're the one who should be giving me advise...

If you are able to be a full time student, pay a $1K a month for rent + all your other expenses AND sqirrel away over another $1K / month.... I am doing something wrong and you need to be giving me lessons !

You have a promising future as some kind of financial guru !

Go git 'em !

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Hi, as others have stated, I can park my trailer in my driveway, but no-one can live in it there. Check your local laws.
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If you are able to be a full time student, pay a $1K a month for rent + all your other expenses AND sqirrel away over another $1K / month....

haha. i'm living at home right now (moved back 6 months ago to save money) so no rental expenses. i've basically been saving all of my earnings except a bit of money for groceries, so that's how i've saved so much so quick :P
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haha. i'm living at home right now (moved back 6 months ago to save money) so no rental expenses. i've basically been saving all of my earnings except a bit of money for groceries, so that's how i've saved so much so quick :P
Good for you kid, that's the way to do it while you can....

What are you studying in school ?
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She never said she was planning to stay the winter.However;Bananarama,best you should check with zoning and homeowner's possible need to secure a permit before you drop a wad.Carry on ,Richie Rich.
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If you find that the zoning laws are not in your favor where you are, then move to another nieghborhood where they are in your favor and rent a spot from someone there... And for wintering in the trailer. Just get a heater and a blanket. I've been through a lot worse than what you're talking about... You'll be fine as long as you can tough it out. Wrap your pipes with insulation and get warm clothing. make lot sof hot chocolate and find a girlfriend to cuddle up with... It'll save you a bundle and give you a resale value when you finish school and move on!
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As far as bylaws go, i have not been able to find anything suggesting driveway parking is not aloud (provided the trailer is not sticking out of the driveway). I found this under the section of "Motor Home Parking" at the city of Ottawa website;
City of Ottawa By-Law 2003-530 Part “B”, Section 112

No person shall park or leave any motor vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant of the property.
City of Ottawa By- Law 2003-530 Part 2, Section 18

Subject to subsections (5) and (10), no person shall park a vehicle exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or a school bus or permit a vehicle exceeding six and one-half (6.5) metres in length or school bus to remain parked on a highway at any time between 9:00 p.m. of one day and 7:00 a.m. of the next following day.


However there was no mention about how long an RV/trailer could be parked on private property, so i'm assuming the length of time does not matter?


if anyone knows for sure, please let me know!
You've been quoting a traffic & parking by-law. Restrictions on driveway parking are usually found in zoning by-laws. Many Canadian municipalities have no restrictions, others say you can't park an RV in front of the house over the winter (side or backyard is OK), others have stronger restrictions. However, the bigger issue would be living in the RV outside of a "campground" or a "trailer park". Enforcement would probably pay no attention to visitors staying a couple of nights, but months at a time would be another matter.

Thankfully, homeowner's associations are rare in Canada, outside of condominiums.
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Hi Shannabanana,
Here's another idea: housesitting. I have a friend who had set up a few house-sitting clients. She did this for about 6-8 years here in Saskatoon. She had a good relationship with the clients, so she could rely on them and they could rely on her. She had one for 6 months in winter (snowbirds), and a couple others to make up the other 6 months (profs, teachers, retirees taking summer holidays -- those types). She always had a home and planned well so that she never had to bunk in with others. For these arrangements, she just paid utilities. At the end, she bought a condo in one of the most sought after buildings in the city.

Try to get referrals from your parents and their friends, and your friends' parents and their friends. Another needed job is dog-sitting in people's homes. If you offer that as part of your house-sitting arrangement, you'll never have to pay rent again! ha ha! And you'll never need to go to the gym! There are many no-rent opportunities.

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