My Second Unit

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Updated June 3, 2022

A public information session for the "My Second Unit" program took place on June 1, 2022.

Please note the "Adding a second unit to your home" survey is now closed. Feedback from the survey, information session, and submitted comments will be used to draft a final report to County Council in early fall. On Council approval, the 2022 application period for the "My Second Unit" program will open. Please check back for more updates.

If you have a question about the program, please contact Rebecca Smith, Manager, Housing Development, rsmith@oxfordcounty.ca



April 26, 2022

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, potentially, on your property 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. SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.


  • 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: [Expired]


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



Updated June 3, 2022

A public information session for the "My Second Unit" program took place on June 1, 2022.

Please note the "Adding a second unit to your home" survey is now closed. Feedback from the survey, information session, and submitted comments will be used to draft a final report to County Council in early fall. On Council approval, the 2022 application period for the "My Second Unit" program will open. Please check back for more updates.

If you have a question about the program, please contact Rebecca Smith, Manager, Housing Development, rsmith@oxfordcounty.ca



April 26, 2022

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, potentially, on your property 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. SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.


  • 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: [Expired]


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


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