A Guelph couple is facing more than $1,500 in fines from the city after inviting two homeless people to live in their backyard “tree fort” over the winter.

The city’s building services became aware of this arrangement when first responders were called to the Harris Street home on March 4 after a small fire in that tree fort caused serious injury to a Guelph woman. That woman, Kayte, and her partner had been living in the backyard shelter since just before Christmas. They saw it as a step up from the tent they had been sleeping in.