I'm considering purchasing a freehold town house and want to rent out the basement. I want the basement to be legal.
Can be basement be considered legal if the separate entrance is from the garage?
I guess my general question is - can we make a legal basement out of all three types of houses (detached, semi, freehold town house)?
The answer is yes. The three most important things to consider are 1/ Egress 2/ Fire safety 3/Ceiling height.
Doors and windows sizes that meet the local cities requirements , interconnected smoke detectors and ceiling heights are all spelled out in Peels conforming to legal basement apartment regulations.
Some municipalities will also you to install a smoke detector in the furnace switch safely turns off gas in the event of smoke detection.
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In Alberta it's not permitted for the entrance to a secondary suite to pass through a garage (likely to be same in the Ontario Code).
City development regulations may not permit a secondary suite in a townhouse - parking is just one consideration.
You probably know that air cannot be mixed from one suite to another (completely separate HVAC systems).
You may have to settle for an 'in-law suite' instead (No stove).
Yes for the separate entrance from the garage and also yes to make a legal basement out of a townhouse. the only thing that you have to do is to get a set of permit drawings done right and apply for the city permit and do the work and it's done...
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