Category Archives: Landlord


Make Extra Money by Renting Your Basement

A-DIY-basementAs  we know the  home value is going up, particularly in Toronto, and many people find it ever increasingly hard to afford a house, and they start looking additional revenue sources from somewhere to hold the mortgage. Many people do basement renovation to make a few extra bucks. Among the primary questions I’m frequently asked is, “Can you find me a estimated price for a rentable basement apartment?”

What Is A Basement Apartment?

A self-contained basement apartment may be labelled by several names for example: second suite; granny flat; in-law apartment; accessory apartment; retrofitted unit; or just basic rental unit. Each phrase basically denotes exactly the same thing, and also the aim would be to charge rent-to counter the price of having a house. Most units are generally within the cellar however, this need not necessarily be the situation. It might be the 2nd floor of the home or that an improvement is added to the house and rented out. Regardless of condition, all must fulfill specific requirements to be able to be considered authorized.

Qualification Criteria

There are lots of special things that go in the making of the ‘rental unit’ legal. Some of these include: The system itself should be self-contained, and therefore have its own kitchen and toilet. The 2nd device should have two systems of escape (egress). As a homeowner you need to make the system as secure as humanly possible for the prospective tenant. You must to protect basement from wild animal as well in order to do so you can call  for examination of your property.

It has to have self closing doors. This really is so if a fire starts in the cellar it cannot go upstairs (and vice-versa). The further unit must be designed with its functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Furthermore, it will be wise to supply the unit using a fire-extinguisher, one rated for A,B,C fires.

The house, including any additions you might have added since original building, must become no less than 5 years old. The floor space of the rental unit has to be smaller in square-footage compared to the remainder of the house. Fire-retardant drywall ought to be utilized throughout.

The system itself should comply with the Fire Code, any existing zoning bylaws, along with property standards. If you’re creating a brand-new 2nd suite addition to your own house you have to first get the appropriate building permits, and adhere to the Ontario – including – local and municipal building codes.

The additional unit may need more parking spaces on-site for added renters. In fact, not all inner-city properties have any parking whatsoever, and together with the rise of renters with autos, it might make obtaining parking permits for the road hard. In particular regions of town there are several exceptions to the rule of having the master supply enough spaces to the subject property for additional cars, so it’s better to examine this well ahead of time.

To discover if your current rental unit complies with the rules, you need to have it inspected by the Fire Marshall. This service isn’t free, but needed to assess if your ‘second suite’ satisfies code requirements. Should it not you will probably be requested to update or alter the unit at your own expense.


Ask Your Landlord

Hi there, I have received this very interesting question from my tenant, Marta, that should have been probably addressed to a professional company, but i will try answer this question…  “Should I Be Worried If My Neighbour Has Bed Bugs?”

Whether you reside in a condo building or even a house with the others nearby, and if they have bed bugs. Does this imply to you too? You may be feeling a little concerned about the creepy crawlers, if you have observed a specialist extermination business around your building or if your neighbours have come up to break the information.You might just went through a cleaning spree and noticed bed bugs while cleaning your bed room. Here are some tips from a professional exterminator St Catharines professionals.

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When Can A Landlord Change The Locks

locksmithWhile it’s your property and you pretty much change the locks whenever you like, there are certain laws that are in place that don’t always allow you to have the go ahead to change locks when you have a tenant living in your property. The laws are fairly specific to when you can call a locksmith.

We asked a Toronto locksmith,, about this and we found out first hand that it is not unusual for a tenant can ask the landlord to change the locks when that tenant first moves in. It is actually common to do so even in Ontario. However, at no point during a lease can a tenant change the locks without having the landlords written permission. If a tenant, during the tenancy, believes there is a reason to have the locks replaced then and if a landlord agrees locks can be changed. In the case that you as a landlord disagrees then the tenant has the right to take the matter to dispute resolution.   read more »


Who Pays For Pest Control-Landlord or Tenant

pest_controlPest control is often a matter of debate between landlords and tenants. It is a delicate matter as who is responsible depends on a variety of factors. In the case  that the pest issues arise due to poor sanitary conditions that are result of the tenants negligence then it is the tenants responsibility. However, complexities can arise if the tenant argues that pests enter a house or unit because of structural issues that exist. Issues such as holes in the walls or roof.

To get a good idea of how this should play out, or usually plays out we asked a local pest control company for some insight based on their experience. So the technicians from provided some good insight that you can read bellow. read more »


Common Landlord Mistakes


 Being a landlord could be excellent adventure for several reasons. You get to meet plenty of people, if you really are a people person. But it is also a huge head ache, especially when you have older properties that require a great deal of repairs. It certainly helps you to do your research and think ahead. Errors could be expensive and really cause you to despise the whole lot.

You have to be careful of it immediately, whenever a tenant calls you with a needed repair. This can very much impress your tenants, and do it yourself or call the handyman straight away and demonstrate to them that you care. It undoubtedly creates the happiest, most happy tenants. read more »