Secondary Suite in Edmonton and St Albert

Developing a legal secondary suite in Edmonton can be a great way to add additional living space to your home, as well as provide additional income through renting. Transforming your basement or other interior into a legal secondary suite has many benefits. Your basement suite will bring in extra income and helps you build equity faster.

The City of Edmonton is making it easier to qualify for legal suites, creating a rentable residence is becoming a popular option among homeowners hoping to enhance their financial future, or reduce monthly overhead. Envy Renovations and our team of development specialists can help you develop the perfect suite for your future tenants!

Envy Renovations have completed many secondary suites in newly renovated row housing that are typically self-contained, with their own separate entrance, kitchen,suite laundry, living room and bathroom. By working with Envy, you can trust we have the experience and solutions to problems that may arise. Knowledge and skill is critical to keeping a project time on and budget.

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Understanding Edmonton basement suite vs legal suite

Basement Suites provide a flexible housing option for people who need a place to live but don’t want or need a separate standalone unit, often referred to as shared accommodations. However, it’s important to be aware of any legal considerations that may be involved if it is not a legal suite, but has a kitchen and improper venting.

Currant building codes must be met to call the interior space a legal basement suit. This may include requirements for things like fire safety, structural integrity, and accessibility. Envy works with its clients to help educate the understanding of building codes, zoning regulations, and tenancy laws.

In Edmonton, a legal secondary suite is a self-contained living space within a single-family home that meets certain zoning. These requirements include things such as having a separate entrance, proper fire safety measures, and adequate parking. Additionally, the project must apply for permits and obtain a occupancy permit from the City of Edmonton.

Partnering with an experienced contractor can help to mitigate any of these issues, as we are extremely familiar with the city’s codes and bylaws. Envy Renovations would be happy to help you along every step of the way!

Process of a Legal Suite section

Envy Renovations process for your legal suite renovation begins with YOU. We take you from start to finish, which means we handle every aspect of your project. From the moment we begin communicating, customer satisfaction is essential to us, and by working together on the project, we ensure that we deliver the legal suite you requested and meet your expectations by following our procedure checklist.

Here are a few things to consider when developing a basement suite:

  • Building codes: Before starting any construction, it’s important to ensure that the proposed basement suite complies with all relevant building codes. This may include requirements for things like fire safety, structural integrity, and accessibility which Envy will handle.
  • Zoning regulations: You’ll need to check with your local municipality to see if basement suites are allowed in your area, and if so, what zoning regulations apply. Some areas may have specific requirements for things like the size of the suite or the number of parking spaces required. Although the City of Edmonton has adjusted Bi-laws to allow increased density.
  • Permits: Depending on the scope of the work being done, you may need to obtain various permits before starting construction. This could include building permits, electrical permits, and plumbing permits, among others.
  • Insurance: It’s important to inform your insurance company about adding a basement suite to your property, as this may affect your coverage. You may also want to consider obtaining separate insurance for the suite itself.
  • Tenancy laws and Contracts: If you plan to rent out the basement suite, it’s important to be familiar with the tenancy laws in your area. This includes things like security deposit limits, eviction procedures, and the rights of tenants. Many resources are available to minimize risks and provide a path to success.
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Contact Us Today!

Envy Renovations is committed to excellence and customer satisfaction, and we strive to exceed expectations on every project we take on. Let us walk you through the process of developing your basement, and show you the full potential that space can have! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with all your renovation needs.