November 24, 2015
Detailed Examination of Municipal Accessory Apartment Regulations — Article 2
Implications for the Housing Industry and Policy Makers
Changes in demographics, economics and community goals are leading to innovative ways of increasing the housing supply. A consistently low volume of construction of new purpose-built rental housing over the past two decades is resulting in low vacancy rates and rising rents in some jurisdictions across Canada.
Alternative rental housing or the secondary rental market, which includes accessory apartments, is an important component of the rental housing sector. In particular, accessory apartments offer an affordable housing option.
Regulations help to ensure personal safety and community integration, but the findings of this research show, that while there is great interest in increasing the availability of accessory apartments across the country, there are also significant concerns over community and neighbourhood impacts in many jurisdictions.
As demand for affordable housing options such as accessory apartments continues to grow, regulatory approaches may need to be examined to ensure that they are not creating unintended or unnecessary barriers.
Better data on the creation of accessory apartments could contribute to a better understanding of the volume and type of suites being created, which in turn may help to guide local dialogues on accessory apartments.
Learn more about this research in Article 2 of the Housing Observer Online:Detailed Examination of Municipal Accessory Apartment Regulations — November 2015