Legal vs. Illegal Rental Suites in Edmonton

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“Basement Suites and the Abominable Snowman.”

Why are basement suites like the Abominable Snowman? Because they don’t exist, at least not in the City of Edmonton, Alberta.

My client Jane was excited when she saw the advertisement, “beautiful, 3-bdrm bungalow with spacious 2-bdrm basement suite.” As part of due diligence, Jane went down to City Hall in Edmonton, and visited the Planning and Building department.

“Tell me about basement suites,” said Jane to the friendly development officer. Continue reading

Rezoning Property

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Want to Rezone Real Estate? Diligence Is Crucial!

From time to time, my clients come in and they’re all excited! They’ve found a piece of property and it’s zoned for one use, but it would be so much better if it was zoned for a different use. For example, a property zoned for duplexes would be way better if you could build a 4 plex.

“Barry, how much trouble is it to rezone this property so I can build a 4 plex? There are already a couple of 4 plexes on the block. Give me an estimate of how much time it will take, how much it will cost?” Continue reading

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.

Contact Barry McGuire now. Alberta real estate needs an Alberta lawyer.

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