Second Suite Bylaw Information
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Second Suite Bylaw Information

Adding a second unit in your principal residence is a great way to provide independent living space for a family member or make a little extra money to help pay off the mortgage. There are many things you need to consider as you decide whether to build a second unit. You are permitted to add…

Some Toronto Residents Against Garden Suite Program
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Some Toronto Residents Against Garden Suite Program

In my last newsletter I wrote about how Toronto City Council has announced a program to allow residents to build garden suites on residential properties in the city. This measure was enacted to help with the current housing crisis, thereby bringing more potential dwelling units to market. Just to reiterate, a garden suite is defined…

Toronto City Council Introduces Garden Suite Program
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Toronto City Council Introduces Garden Suite Program

Toronto City Council has released a press release announcing a program to allow residents to build garden suites on residential properties in the city: A garden suite is defined as a housing unit, usually located in the backyard of an existing house, but separate and detached from the main house. Garden suites, like laneway suites,…

Toronto Tenant Eviction Moratorium Update
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Toronto Tenant Eviction Moratorium Update

As we entered a second lock down in Toronto this year, many landlords have been asking what their rights are with non-paying tenants and the eviction process. While the situation may soon change again, this is a fluid process, and the rules seem like they are being made up as we go along. For the…

2019 Ontario Rental Increase Guideline
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2019 Ontario Rental Increase Guideline

The Ontario government recently announced that the allowable increase that landlords can charge their tenants this year is 1.8% of the base rent. Some years have seen larger increases, and some smaller, but this figure seems to be right in line with increases that we have seen over the past few years. Rental increases are…

How to Get as Much Rent as Possible for your Suite
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How to Get as Much Rent as Possible for your Suite

When your tenants vacate your rental suite that is the ideal time to make changes and improvements so that you could potentially charge more rent to the new tenants. You are allowed to charge whatever the market will bear so you should do everything possible to maximize this income. These maintenance and renovation tips will…