Legalization of Basement Suites
The debate on whether or not Brampton should legalize basement apartments has recently been a hot topic.
The City of Brampton defines basement apartments as a self-contained apartment consisting of a room or rooms in a single or semidetached home. Self-contained meaning, it must have a separate means of entry, a kitchen and bathroom facilities.
In 1995, Bill 20 was introduced which allowed municipalities the right to outlaw these basement suites. Bill 20 became effective on May 22, 1996 prohibiting new apartments. However, it allowed homeowners to keep apartments in homes that were tenanted or occupied by other residents on or before November 16, 1995. It also allowed apartments that homeowners built between November 16, 1995 and May 22, 1996 if the City issued a building permit.
With roughly 30,000 illegal units, the City plans to legalize basement suits by the end of the year.
For more information on Basement Apartments,
Call GURDIP SALUJA at 416-568-0189
visit The City of Brampton Website
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