Housing Health Standards

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.

Download the audio file HERE and the text/handout HERE.
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Zoning Bylaws

Podcast Episode 39:
Fourplex Diligence.

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.

Download the audio file HERE and the text/handout HERE.
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Fourplex Puzzle (Part Two)

Podcast Episode 24:  “Fourplex Puzzle (Part Two).”

When buying a fourplex or any property with more than one dwelling, you must do at least two things. Number one, check to see that the zoning allows the number of suites. And, number two confirm that the proper permits have been issued and final inspections done. A real property report (RPR) (survey) with the proper zoning stamp is not enough. Checking permits, whose job is this?

Download the audio file (Mac control + click + “save as” / PC right click + “save as”) HERE.

The full-text version of this Tale from the Trenches can be found HERE.

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Fourplex Puzzle (Part Two Handout)

Text Notes for Podcast Episode 24: “Fourplex Puzzle (Part Two).”

When buying a fourplex or any property with more than one dwelling, you must do at least two things. Number one, check to see that the zoning allows the number of suites. And, number two confirm that the proper permits have been issued and final inspections done. A real property report (RPR) (survey) with the proper zoning stamp is not enough. Checking permits, whose job is this?

Download the handout (Mac control + click + “save as” / PC right click + “save as”) HERE. Continue reading