Under Alberta’s Residential Tenancies Act, an inspection report must be made whenever a tenant moves into, or out of, a rental property. But what happens if you buy a property and can’t get the in/out report? Similarly, building permits for multi-family dwellings specify their maximum number of units. What happens if you buy a building that has illegal suites? This episode of Tales from the Trenches explains the legal issues of both inspection reports and occupancy permits in Alberta.
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Podcast Episode 40:
“Diligence with Alberta Health Services.“
The Public Health Act in Alberta also includes statutes regarding Minimum Housing and Health Standards. Investors and landlords need to be aware of their obligations. This is especially important because there is no grandfathering clause for older properties.
A ‘fourplex’ is not a legal term, and so we’ve done some digging through bylaws to show how this idea is actually expressed in the law. Many duplexes have illegal basement suites, and so you need to do your diligence before purchasing a so-called fourplex. Always confirm that the zoning allows it and that all building/development permits are correct.