City councillors are taking the next step in making more secondary suites legal. At first it was single family homes. Now they’re opening the door to what until now have been illegal suites in duplexes. Councillor Ben Henderson says he can’t see how this will be a problem.
“When we went to secondary suites in singles I think everybody wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I haven’t heard of any significant consequences from that”
Councillor Bev Esslinger says she’s heard from home owners who are trying to do the right thing, but have run into problems.
“For me, what’s got me here, is I’ve met with a number of folks who had illegal suites and they’ve been paying taxes on them, but they had no idea they were not permitted. We had a bit of a disconnect there.”
The city says there are 150 illegal suites that they know about that this will take care of.