We’re thinking of buying a home with a rental unit in the basement in Toronto. What do we need to know to get started?
You will find most of the information you’re looking for online at www.secondsuites.info. The information was developed specifically for homeowners with second suites. If you need further information you can call Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards Department at 416-397-9200.
I would like to upgrade and existing second suite. Is it necessary to prove the suite existed before July 14, 1994 in order to legalize it? If the answer is yes, how can I prove the existence of the suite?
Landlord’s Self-Help Centre can only provide summary advice on “most” landlord/tenant related questions from landlords. Unfortunately, as the nature of your questions is very specific to the history of your property, and the municipality in which the property is located, the “rules” vary from one municipality to the next. We will not be able to provide you with accurate and usable summary advice on your situation. You may have to deal with a lawyer specializing in municipal law to coordinate and access the information you are seeking. I imagine you have already dealt with the municipality staff directly, but it is a good idea to do so if you have not.