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What would you do if your neighbour behind you built a tree house like this?

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What would you do if your neighbour behind you built a tree house like this?

This is Avenue/Lawrence area in Toronto. You can't build a fence over 7' or 8' so I can't imagine how this is OK.

https://torontolife.com/style/a-family- ... -bearable/

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Fence is on the property line - this is a structure.

Complaint will surely label one as the kill-joy neighbour that hates kids - but the size and elevated structure probably requires a permit and inspection.
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robsaw wrote: Fence is on the property line - this is a structure.

Complaint will surely label one as the kill-joy neighbour that hates kids - but the size and elevated structure probably requires a permit and inspection.
Of course, the neighbour that complains will be labeled a 'Karen' but I agree, this needs to be properly permitted/inspected...
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That’s not a treehouse. That’s a cottage on stilts.
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mrweather wrote: That’s not a treehouse. That’s a cottage on stilts.
$2,500 rent/month in Toronto.
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I highly doubt this can be built without a permit. There is definitely a safety issue (even more if kids use it) so I would assume it needs to be inspected.
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Most big city centres have Bylaws that cover tree houses
(or in the least backyard structures … aka Ancillary Buildings & Structures)
That’s where one needs to begin

BYLAWS = https://www.toronto.ca/zoning/bylaw_ame ... tm#10.5.60

Generally speaking NO PERMIT IS REQUIRED if the footprint is < 108 sq feet

But, that isn’t always a done deal

https://www.dittschlag.com/post/buildin ... t-need-one

Honestly, this treehouse wouldn’t bother me
As it looks good / well constructed
Hardly the bits of scrap wood us kids used to nail up in the trees back in the day

Sides, kids normally only use their treehouses a few hours a day (if that)
And just a few months of the year

And most often when I would not myself be sitting out enjoying my own backyard
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What would you do if your neighbour behind you built a tree house like this?
Ask for blueprints Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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Absolutely nothing!

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Nothing except ask if I come over for a play date.
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I would give the neighbour a high five... thats awesome in my books.
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Such a manicured perfect looking backyard - seem like a common theme with this magazine...seems more for adults than kids. Wonder how much how much it cost to do all that.
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hierophant wrote: Such a manicured perfect looking backyard - seem like a common theme with this magazine...seems more for adults than kids. Wonder how much how much it cost to do all that.
The lawn is artificial turf as well.
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There was something similar with the giant pirate ship play set thing that was built years ago. City made the guy take it down. He rebuilt it smaller
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Honestly, if there were no windows from that tree house looking into my yard, I'd be fine with it. It's a nice looking tree house.
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It does look nice. When older kid hits 12 though trying to reach water from the swing might be an issue.
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Ask if I can rent it for a date night.
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otaknap wrote: Nothing except ask if I come over for a play date.
100% I would be in there with the neighbour drinking beer after the kids are in bed.
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Kiraly wrote: Am I the only one who read the article? The treehouse was already there before the current owners bought the property in 2014. It was probably permitted already by the previous owners, perhaps when rules were different.
Agreed. Plus the other $250k they put into that backyard for landscaping.

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