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.