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May 3, 2001
Information forums on second suites
Community and Neighbourhood Services -- The Landlord's Self-Help Centre and the
City of Toronto will deliver six information forums for homeowners interested
in a second suite (rental apartment) in their home.

The program is intended to provide detailed information to homeowners on the
City of Toronto bylaw that permits a second suite in any detached or
semi-detached house, with certain conditions. All second suites must also
comply with building, property, health and fire safety regulations.

"Many home purchasers consider renting out a portion of their new home. In
fact, this is often an important selling feature. These information forums are
an excellent opportunity for people to learn about second suites," said David
Pearce, President of the Toronto Real Estate Board.

"We fought for the right of homeowners across the City to offer second suites.
Now that homeowners have this right, we hope that as many as possible will
exercise it and help create affordable housing. We are delighted to know the
concept is being promoted," said F. Charles Young on behalf of the Network of
Second Suite Supporters.

The information forums will provide detailed information on how to create a
second suite legally. An information kit will also be distributed. The forums
are free and will be held at civic centres across Toronto. The first one was
held at East York Civic Centre. Others:

May 9, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street, 7 to 9 p.m.
May 23, Etobicoke Civic Centre 399 The West Mall, 7 to 9 p.m.
May 30, York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West, 7 to 9 p.m.
June 6, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive, 7 to 9 p.m.
June 13, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information and to register for any date, contact the Landlord's
Self-Help Centre at 416-504-5190 or log on to the Web site at

This project is receiving funding assistance from the Government of Canada's
Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative.

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