Canadians who might be looking for a rental in Kitchener have probably had a hard time. However, a new bylaw passed by the city council might make things a little bit easier. That's because tiny homes in Kitchener will now be allowed to be built on people's properties.\nThe new bylaw put in place on October 28 loosens restrictions regarding residential structures. This also includes things like granny flats, carriage houses, and possibly even an apartment above a garage.\n"You've been able to duplex your house in Kitchener for a long time," Tim Donegani, a senior planner with the city told CBC News. "We've opened up the possibility for putting up to three units on the land."\nThe new bylaw was passed to alleviate pressure on the city's rental marketplace, which continues to fill up fast. While the tri-city area saw a 20% increase in available rental units over the past four years, demand for all of those units remained the same, leaving a vacancy rate of just 2.7%, according to Global News.\nNOW Housing, a Cambridge-based tiny home developer, praised the new bylaw, saying it will help meet the demand for new housing that the city so desperately needs.\nView this post on Instagram Congrats to the forward-thinking members of Kitchener’s City Council! 🏡 They voted this week in favour of supporting laneway houses, tiny homes, granny flats and garage apartments. This will allow homeowners to build a second unit on their property which will help with the shortage of available affordable housing. We should see these changes come into effect sometime in 2020 - stay tuned for more information! 💭 How will the rest of the local and surrounding regions respond? #tinyhomes #tinyhouses #lanewayhomes #lanewayhouses #grannyflat #grannyflats #grannysuite #grannysuites #garageapartment #garageapartments #affordablehousing #optionsforhomeowners #kwawesome #waterlooregion #cityofkitchener #thebaileygroup #yourhomesoldguaranteed A post shared by Steve Bailey | Broker | RE/MAX (@soldbybailey) on Oct 29, 2019 at 8:13am PDT\n"So with smaller units being legalized now, there was a lot of times where you couldn't build anything smaller than 400 or 500 square feet," Now Housing president Matthew Lubberts told CTV News, "and now they've made it that you can build 145 square feet plus bathroom."\nI love the idea of tiny homes. Much more affordable and closer to work. https://t.co/syJ9eLm4IO— M (@eco_steward) October 28, 2019\nThere are tiny homes in other cities in Canada already, such as this one in Vancouver for just under $100,000. While the tiny home community in Canada hasn't blown up just yet, some cities in the U.S., like Houston, have entire neighbourhoods of tiny houses.\nA tiny home community was also built in Calgary to accommodate homeless veterans.\nOf course, there will still be some rules regarding the construction of tiny houses. For example, there will be restrictions based on lot size and proximity to other houses.\nDisclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.