Posted On: Friday, September 30, 2016
Is Your Basement Apartment Legal in Ontario?
April 3, 2013
Basement apartment, granny flat, accessory unit; no matter what it’s called, there are many different reasons for having a second suite. Whether it’s for extra income, providing a place for a family member, or increasing the value of the house, a second suite can be beneficial. However, while these additional units come with benefits, they also bring specific guidelines and formalities homeowners have to comply with. As bylaws continue to be enacted and redesigned, depending on the municipality, it can be difficult for homeowners to ensure that their suite is legal and safe. To help combat confusion and shed some light on tricky situations, Carson Dunlop has created some material to help educate homeowners and real estate professionals on issues related to basement apartments.
How to Quickly Identify an Illegal Suite
We recognize that when it comes to real estate transactions, obtaining the documentation necessary to determine whether or not a basement apartment is considered legal is not always possible due to time constraints. Below is a short list of items that are good indications that a secondary suite is not legal.