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Backyard Suites Get Fresh Boost In Calgary

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Suite Renovations, Tenancy Law

Backyard Suites Get Fresh Boost In Calgary

Enlivening drab alleys with gentle density. Think for a second about Calgary’s alleys—home to blue, green and black bins, but not much else. I used to live in an apartment building that shared an alley with a backyard suite. This one small structure, and the coming and going of its tenant, shifted a space typically designated for cars and garbage. Sometimes called laneway houses, carriage houses, garden suites or garage suites, backyard suites are secondary residences located behind or...

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Rent-to-own coming for social housing?

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Rent-to-own coming for social housing?

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has hinted that his government might bring in a rent-to-own program for social housing tenants. In a “fireside chat” with the CD Howe Institute, Ford was asked about housing, a concern for many Canadians. “Everybody talks about affordable housing which is really important — I talk about affordable ownership,” he said Monday. “There’s a difference.” Toronto Community Housing, for example, has thousands of units sitting empty due to a repairs backlog, and those should...

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Empty Garages: The Answer to California’s Housing Shortage?

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Empty Garages: The Answer to California’s Housing Shortage?

“Steps from USC campus, a modern, newly built detached studio apartment. Full kitchen w/ brand-new gas stove, dishwasher. Washer/dryer, full bath, a/c, bedroom nook, ready-to-go entertainment hookups. Scandinavian design appeal. Walking distance to L.A. Metro. $1,400/month.” A dream Los Angeles rental listing? At 20 percent below market, in a neighborhood where the alternative is a 70-year-old building with a coin-operated laundry? It’s not reality yet, but it will be soon. Construction will...

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Real estate investors favour AirBnB over long-term leases. Is it time to rehaul the Landlord Tenant Board?

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Real estate investors favour AirBnB over long-term leases. Is it time to rehaul the Landlord Tenant Board?

Paul D’Abruzzo took a  tenant to the Landlord and Tenant Board for three months of unpaid rent on an investment property he owned in Whitby, and through mediation—his best option—ended up coughing up a fourth month of rent-free living. “My tenant sat there in mediation and said she can’t pay rent anymore, and after I asked her to leave she said she had nowhere to go,” said D’Abruzzo, who’s also a broker with Expert Investor Team at Rock Star Real Estate. “I was advised by the mediator that if...

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Another fire at 650 Parliament during re-occupancy procedures

Posted in Communications, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Housing, Newsworthy, Suite Renovations

Another fire at 650 Parliament during re-occupancy procedures

Investigators have determined the cause of the latest fire to break out at 650 Parliament Street. The blaze began inside a 15th floor unit on Wednesday morning as crews were testing the building’s electrical system. According to Toronto Fire Services, investigators have since determined that the fire was caused by the ignition of some combustible materials that were left on a stovetop burner inside the unit. They say that the burner was left in the on position following the building’s...

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Canada’s First Accessibility Bill Could Become Law Next Month: Minister

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Canada’s First Accessibility Bill Could Become Law Next Month: Minister

The federal government will heed the calls of Canada’s disabled community and amend the country’s first piece of national accessibility legislation to include some of the changes they sought, the minister spearheading the effort said Thursday. Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough said the government will be adopting all the amendments the Senate introduced to Bill C-81, also known as the Accessible Canada Act, when it comes back before the House next week. Earlier this month, the upper...

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CFAA OPEN CALL: Federal money for building retrofits


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CFAA OPEN CALL: Federal money for building retrofits


CFAA is lobbying the federal government to loosen the strings on retrofit grants and loans. Tell us what would lead you to take up the money! Email admin@cfaa-fcapi.org to tell us if you (or someone from your company) can attend a telephone conference call at any or all of these dates and times: Tuesday, December 4          2 to 3pm EST Thursday, December 6        11:30 to 12:30 EST Thursday, December 6        2 to 3pm EST We will fix one or two of those times for the call(s). Before the...

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Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%

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Rent Increase Guideline for 2019 is 1.8%

The rent increase guideline is 1.8% for increases between January 1 and December 31, 2019.  This is the maximum a landlord can increase most tenants’ rent during a year without the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board. The guideline applies to most private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. In most cases, the rent for a unit can be increased 12 months after: the last rent increase a tenant first moves in A tenant must be given written notice of a rent...

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

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Parametric simulations in support of integrated design processes

Integrated, “whole-building” energy modelling is a process in which all design options related to a building’s energy consumption and generation are simulated and mapped. It is increasingly being used in support of building energy code compliance, green building standard evaluation, and utility and government incentive programs. Recent advances in both energy modelling software and computing power have made it easier to execute what are known as parametric simulations. These types of...

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Landlord Licensing Fees Result in Whopping Rent Increase

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Landlord Licensing Fees Result in Whopping Rent Increase

The City of Waterloo is by far the greediest of all municipalities when it comes to the charges levied under its Landlord Licensing By-law.  Waterloo’s licensing fee and mandatory charges (the bulk of which go to its bureaucratic “cousin”, the Electrical Safety Authority) amount to over $1,000 per townhouse unit and are imposed on a “per bedroom” basis (the more bedrooms the higher the fee).  The fees are imposed on “converted residential dwellings”...

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