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Old 06-01-2014, 02:59 AM
 
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It would be easy in this setup to put in a mini-fridge, a simple countertop for coffee maker, and a hotplate or toaster oven. Would that qualify as a real kitchen and thus not be allowed?

Also, in my town, in households with those not related living together have to pay a higher sewer bill, not sure by how much but that is usually factored in.

Doing anything at all here, such as adding even a small half-bath, sends the property tax skyward.
Ahhh, the benefit of being in the communist republic of New England! Where nobody can actually afford to live, so most are on the dole. Keeps the house prices - err, taxes - up, doncha know.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Also, in my town, in households with those not related living together have to pay a higher sewer bill, not sure by how much but that is usually factored in.
Did that come out correctly?

1) how would the town know who is related or not in a private home?
2) why would unrelated people create more sewage than related people?
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Did that come out correctly?

1) how would the town know who is related or not in a private home?
2) why would unrelated people create more sewage than related people?
I have no idea, except that we have an annual town census and have to report everyone living in the household including dogs and cats. They probably figure that unrelated folks need to ante up, to add to the tax base (?)

In this town many homeowners rent rooms to college kids and many college kids rent together and have parties and sleepovers and "extended stays" that may add to the sewer burden.
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Ahhh, the benefit of being in the communist republic of New England! Where nobody can actually afford to live, so most are on the dole. Keeps the house prices - err, taxes - up, doncha know.
Yes, Taxachusetts, where the upper and middle classes carry an enormous burden.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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The "granny pod" isn't new, it's been around awhile. This story was picked up by my local paper this morning.

Homes for extended families are a new trend in the Charlotte area - KansasCity.com

Does anyone have positive or negative experience?
A "granny pod"...that's what my mom had in mind when she had my little house redone. Didn't work out because my brother decided he didn't want to move his family into mom's house. So I live here. So far I'd call it a very positive experience. It has allowed me to save a LOT of money, build up my savings substantially AND even have a few 'wants' satisfied. My mom and I get along great, we don't step on one another's privacy and I'm here anytime she needs me to be. I pay rent and also pay for some of the maintenance, mostly on my little house. That can get expensive sometimes but I'm grateful I can do it.
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