Confused About Basement Apartments?

March 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Property Management

Venn Collective Studio's Basement
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I don’t particularly like basement apartments for many issues. However: it seems like one of the issues I hated about basement apartments has all but disappeared. In many municipalities basement apartments were completely illegal unless built years and years ago and grandfathered in and proof of that existed.

As of January 2012, basement apartments in all of Ontario are legal as long as they conform to Fire Code, building codes etc. Bob Aaron in the Star does an excellent job of summing up the issues in his latest column. Read Basement apartments must comply with zoning, fire, building and electric codes It’s one of the better posts on the subject. The point is that since they passed the Strong Communities Through Affordable Housing Act landlords stand a chance of getting those basement apartments legal. It’s a little funny to watch these municipalities scramble to make legal what they have been opposing for ages.

Good Luck with those lovely basements folks!

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  • Dave

    RE: “As of January 2012, basement apartments in all of Ontario are legal as long as they conform to Fire Code, building codes etc”

    I am confused, his article still says you have still have to comply with local bylaws. In other words, most of them are still illegal since not many municipalities/cities allow them except for those grandfathered in.

    Am I missing something that changed in Jan 2012?

    • Rachelle

      Yes you did the new Act is province wide and applies to all municipalities. To boil it down the province says that cities can no longer ban basement suites. Period.

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