City Council has approved a new By-law that will improve the registration process for second units, also known as basement apartments, in-law suites and secondary units.
The City has repealed the current licensing process and will now require that houses containing a second unit be registered.
Registration is free of charge. Homeowners will no longer need to purchase or renew a license. Existing second unit licence holders will be automatically registered.
“We are improving the way second units are registered to help increase affordable housing in the City,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “By making the process easier and less expensive, more homeowners and tenants can access safe, affordable housing in our communities.”
As part of the registration process, the City of Mississauga requires that houses containing a second unit comply with the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and Zoning By-law.
A second unit is a separate living space in a house that contains cooking, eating, living, sleeping and sanitary facilities used only by the unit’s occupants.
“City staff are committed to helping improve access to affordable housing options such as second units,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “Staff from both the City’s building and fire teams are available to guide homeowners through the registration process to ensure second units are safe and meet all regulatory requirements.”
The City is developing an affordable housing program in partnership with the Region of Peel. The program is expected to be established by the end of 2016.- CINEWS