My second unit

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Do you have space in your home to add a second unit, like an apartment or in-law suite, but not sure how to get started?

Oxford County is in the process of launching a secondary unit program to help homeowners plan, finance and rent out a secondary, self-contained dwelling unit in their home. It is expected that the program will offer:

  • information and resources;
  • training and guidance;
  • landlord support services, such as tenant vetting/ reference checks; and
  • a forgivable loan of up to $15,000 for construction costs.

This program is supported by municipal funding and the Government of Ontario's Add a second unit in your house program.


What is a secondary dwelling unit?

A secondary unit is a separate, self-contained dwelling unit that includes a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. Secondary units may consist of an apartment within your home (upper, main or basement level) or on your property, for instance above a laneway garage or in a coach house. More info

To be considered legal, the secondary unit must meet all local zoning, building and fire code requirements. Please contact your local municipality before deciding to add a secondary unit to your home.


Why?

For homeowners, a second unit can be an additional source of income to assist with household expenses, contribute to savings, or make home ownership more feasible.

For communities with a low rental vacancy rate, like in Oxford County, secondary units can also help address a shortage in affordable housing options.


Have your say

To make sure this program meets the needs of our community, we're looking for feedback from potential landlords. You can have a say in how the program is planned and designed by:

  • SURVEY: Fill out the short, 5-minute survey below by Friday, June 3 to give your feedback on key features of the program.


  • WEB EVENT: Take part in the live webinar to learn more and ask questions. This virtual event will be held on:


Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Log-in link: https://oxfordcounty.webex.com/meet/SecondUnit (Available at start time)


  • EMAIL: Send an email with your comments to the project lead, Rebecca Smith, Manager, Housing Development, rsmith@oxfordcounty.ca


Do you have space in your home to add a second unit, like an apartment or in-law suite, but not sure how to get started?

Oxford County is in the process of launching a secondary unit program to help homeowners plan, finance and rent out a secondary, self-contained dwelling unit in their home. It is expected that the program will offer:

  • information and resources;
  • training and guidance;
  • landlord support services, such as tenant vetting/ reference checks; and
  • a forgivable loan of up to $15,000 for construction costs.

This program is supported by municipal funding and the Government of Ontario's Add a second unit in your house program.


What is a secondary dwelling unit?

A secondary unit is a separate, self-contained dwelling unit that includes a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. Secondary units may consist of an apartment within your home (upper, main or basement level) or on your property, for instance above a laneway garage or in a coach house. More info

To be considered legal, the secondary unit must meet all local zoning, building and fire code requirements. Please contact your local municipality before deciding to add a secondary unit to your home.


Why?

For homeowners, a second unit can be an additional source of income to assist with household expenses, contribute to savings, or make home ownership more feasible.

For communities with a low rental vacancy rate, like in Oxford County, secondary units can also help address a shortage in affordable housing options.


Have your say

To make sure this program meets the needs of our community, we're looking for feedback from potential landlords. You can have a say in how the program is planned and designed by:

  • SURVEY: Fill out the short, 5-minute survey below by Friday, June 3 to give your feedback on key features of the program.


  • WEB EVENT: Take part in the live webinar to learn more and ask questions. This virtual event will be held on:


Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Log-in link: https://oxfordcounty.webex.com/meet/SecondUnit (Available at start time)


  • EMAIL: Send an email with your comments to the project lead, Rebecca Smith, Manager, Housing Development, rsmith@oxfordcounty.ca


  • Help us plan the right program for homeowners! What are the biggest challenges to adding a second unit? What supports would help? Take our 5-minute survey by Friday, June 3 to give your feedback. 

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