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Posted by: from Trenton, Ontario
5/26/2020 at 7:12:44 PM

My basement has a patio door walk out

One bedroom has a window that is suitable for egress

In the second bedroom has no window do I need to install the window or an egress window or nothing because of the exits already in place

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Tyler from Kirk's Renovations in London
Date/Time5/27/2020 at 7:01:09 AM

According to Ontario code, you only need egress windows if the basement is a separate dwelling. So unless you're putting an apartment in your basement, you don't legally need to change anything.

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Chris from KP Construction in Toronto
Date/Time5/28/2020 at 1:03:28 PM

Technically speaking, for a room to be considered a "bedroom" it needs to have a window. Not quite clear why you are asking the question. Are you looking at renting out your basement to a tenant?

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Date/Time7/13/2020 at 2:22:23 PM

Tyler is incorrect.

If it is a room where someone will sleep, or "occupy", it must have an egress window.

This is a very strict rule, and should there be a fire, and someone cannot egress, it is likely your insurance would not cover that peril.

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