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renting out sheds in the backyard

Original post made by resident on Oct 14, 2011

We have a neighbor who recently put in sheds in his backyard and is renting them out. The owner seems to think this is OK as long as they are quiet which they are, but isn't this a violation of zoning? The tree falling down on that truck is a reminder of why this is not a good idea. But who knows what other problems there are with this since they were never intended for people to live in them. Has anyone have any experience with this? Do we contact the city?

Comments (5)

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Renting them out for what?


Posted by Not allowed, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Call the City code enforcement officer.


Posted by Not allowed, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

There is an article in the London Daily Mail today about landlords putting sheds up in the backyards of their homes to house illegal immigrants. The sheds can't be seen from the Street so they're getting big rents for hiding illegals.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2011 at 5:11 am

Call the Planning Department - Code Enforcement falls under their supervision. You can do this anonymously.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

If there really are people living in these sheds then they should be reported. This is for sanitary and safety reasons as we have no idea how they are disposing of human waste or cooking their food, and as it gets colder, how they are heating the sheds.


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