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Survey for Residents of Subdivided Houses

I am working on a research project through McMaster University with the goal of developing a better understanding about the quality of these units and the experiences of people living in this style of housing.

By Ashleigh Patterson
Published June 20, 2015

The City of Hamilton has estimated the number of secondary housing units - apartments or rental rooms within subdivided single family homes - in the city to be around 10,000, but very little is known about the quality of these units or the experiences of people living in them.

Increasing the number of secondary suites in Hamilton is one way to increase residential intensification without constructing new high-rise buildings, especially as family sizes shrink and more people choose to live alone.

I am working on a research project this summer through McMaster University with the goal of developing a better understanding about the quality of these units and the experiences of people living in this style of housing.

Having lived in rental housing all my life, including in several secondary suites, I of course have my own ideas about the differences, benefits, and drawbacks but I'd like to know more about other experiences.

The first stage of the project involves people currently living in secondary suite style housing completing a confidential survey answering some basic multiple choice questions about their living space and about themselves.

Later, I plan to interview willing participants for more in-depth information about their experiences (once there has been a number of responses to the survey to inform those interview questions).

If you fit this description and would like to participate, even if you would not like to be interviewed, please consider completing the survey below or by clicking on this link to the survey.

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Ashleigh Patterson is a student in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University. She lives in Crown Point West with her husband and preschooler. Follow her on twitter @theashleighp.

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