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Converting basement to legal basement rental

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Posted by: from Mississauga
6/22/2022 at 1:58:38 PM

Bought a home with a two bedroom basement, separate entrance, full bathroom, and most of the kitchen space completed. Kitchen is missing the fan and stove hook up. Has a sink and fridge working already and countertops.

What would be a rough estimate to get it up to code and be a legal basement rental? I know it may vary depending on what is needed, but any rough estimate and break down of potential costs would be really helpful!

I'm assuming it would need an egress window installation and fire separation at the very least.

Location is Mississauga.

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Date/Time6/22/2022 at 3:14:58 PM

You have to give us the square footage. All the cielings and wall shared on the staircase have to be fire rated drywall. If both rooms are going to be used as bedrooms, then you need an egress window in each.

Give us more details and someone can give you an idea of costs.

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Ian in Edmonton
Date/Time6/22/2022 at 4:19:43 PM

What you have presently is known as a 'wet bar' (a kitchen less a stove). The turning point to a secondary suite is the addition of the stove; unfortunately there's a little more to it than the previous respondent

For a legal secondary suite you will need 2 furnaces so as not to mix air from one suite to another and to provide independent temperature control.

Also, the furnace room is required to be drywalled with joints/gaps sealed.

You may be able to view new show-homes with secondary suites in your area to see these and other requirements to meet current Code.

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Reza from Mipa Plumbing in Aurora
Date/Time6/22/2022 at 6:50:43 PM

Hi

Legal basement has so many details of double family dwelling. From plumbing fire sprinkler, electrical windows .

Call an engineer to get advise the otherwise rent as is

Good luck

Mipa plumbing

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Date/Time6/22/2022 at 10:44:10 PM

Compliance: fully insulated to code, fire rated ceiling min 5/8" or 2 sheets 1/2", furnace & utility area must be "completely fireproofed with drywall, all bedroom windows must meet egress 545 sq/in, separate entrance that has fire rated door for Client, separate heating system (furnace or they also allow baseboard heaters with a HRV unit installed as well, separate parking for tenants on site (street is not allowed). If shared laundries, everything must be separate from the (tenant unit). 6" min kitchen exhaust to outside vent, bath exhaust to outside vent, bathroom needs a simple backflow preventer in waste line to city. Min based on exp. from scratch these units start at $65-75,000...if some already done then as per.

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