Safely Rent Secondary Suites

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Updates

A secondary suite is a unit contained within the main residence, such as a basement or in-law suite. When you are looking to rent a secondary suite, you can look for “registered” sticker to help protect yourself when searching for your new suite. Legal secondary suites have:

  • Exit windows
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Smoke-tight protection
  • Exterior stairways and protection of exits

The Secondary Suite Registry lists legal and safe secondary suites in Calgary as part of The City’s Open Source Catalogue. These suites have obtained all necessary permits and have been inspected to meet Alberta’s Safety Code requirements. This registry is updated as new secondary suites are approved by The City.

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