What are the Legal Requirements for Building a Rental Unit?

Building a Rental Unit

Now more than ever, we are in need of rentals here in BC. However, it isn’t as simple as adding on to your current home and calling that a ‘rental unit’. There are various legal requirement for building a rental unit in your home, and we want to help you understand these requirements before venturing down such an investment.

Legal Requirements for Building a Rental Unit in Your Home

In British Columbia, there are specific legal requirements that must be met when building a rental unit in your home. These ensure safety for your tenants, as well as ensures you are covered for any liabilities that may occur.

Here are some common legal requirements to understand before beginning your journey:

How the Land is Zoned

Bylaws dictate zoning, and it is important to inquire about multiple in-space dwellings or secondary units before building.

Building Permits

Building permits are an integral part of any construction project. It ensures compliance with building codes, fire safety and other areas that will be inspected by municipal governing parties.

Separate Entrance Requirements

For a space to be deemed a legal rental unit, it is required to have a separate entrance. In addition, it is required to have its own utilities – such as electricity, heating and water. This allows them to be billed accordingly.

You should also look into insurance required by yourself, as well as your tenant.

Keeping all of the above in order will ensure a safe and seamless rental experience, mitigating risk and legalities for everyone involved.

Also, be sure to also check out the BC Government’s rules regarding Starting a Tenancy. Before renting a property, landlords and tenants should be familiar with the rules and regulations that govern how residential properties or units are rented.

Building a Rental Unit in Your Home the BC

As mentioned on our Renovations & Additions page

A home is considered a place for comfort and enjoyment. A functional space to entertain guests, as well as practical for everyday use. It’s a haven where you can relax and retreat after a hard day, providing a safe and enjoyable space for everyone in your family.

We are focused on constructing beautiful spaces for your home. Whether the job is big or small, our professionals can help you every step of the way.

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