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BUILDING A HOUSE OR BUYING ONE ? ONTARIO HOUSE REGULATIONS TO KNOW

BUILDING A HOUSE OR BUYING ONE ? ONTARIO HOUSE REGULATIONS TO KNOW

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14 Sep 2021


Following a housing regulation is indispensable. You should consider the following information when buying a house or building one to save you from violating any government regulations.

Structure of a house

Starting from the structure of the house

  • The makeup of the house should be in sound condition at all times. It should be able to support the weight and load of the house. It shall be guarded against collapsing, weather, fungus, dry rot, rodents, and vermin or insects. The structure shall be free from flooding and soil erosion.
  • The roof, cornice flashing, fascia, soffit, coping, gutter, rainwater leader, vent or other roof structure should be watertight and well maintained. It should be kept free from snow and ice and clear from any obstructions.
  • The exterior walls, windows, doors, fences and guards should be sound and free from hazards.
  • You shall provide every residential complex with a drainage system, and it shall be free from leaks, defects and appropriately protected against freezing.
Main utilities in a house

Essential Utilities

  • You should provide every residential complex with a heating system capable of maintaining 20 degrees Celsius inside the house except garages, utility rooms and locker rooms. (Tenants can regulate the temperature levels but at least 20 degrees Celsius.)
  • It is required that you equip every kitchen sink, washbasin, bathtub and shower with hot and cold running water. The standard temperature of hot water shall not be less than 43 degrees Celsius.
  • Utilities, electric power or fuel shall be supplied to a residential complex or rental unit continuously.
  • Heating systems, including stoves, heating appliances, fireplaces intended for use, chimneys, fans, pumps, and filtration equipment shall be in a safely operable state.
  • All rooms, stairways, halls, corridors, garages, common exterior areas and basements of homes shall have adequate artificial lighting accessible at all times and in operable condition.
  • Inhabitable spaces should have proper ventilation, either natural or by ventilation systems.
  • The electric wires shall be free from any danger.
Floor plan

The architecture of the house

  • Every washroom should be enclosed with water-resistant floors, walls, and ceilings and have a closed-door from inside and outside.
  • You cannot build a toilet or urinal inside the room intended for sleeping, preparing, storing or consuming food.
  • Kitchens shall have outlets suitable for cooking and kitchen equipment.
  • You should provide or build a window to the outside of the house in every bedroom, living room and dining room. If your room adjoining to the living room has a window, you do not need a window in the living or dining room. (The adjoining room shall have at least 5% window area.)
  • The openings shall be functioning, weathertight, and in good condition.
  • Every rental house shall be furnished with a toilet, a kitchen sink, a washbasin, and a bathtub or shower.
  • Window safety devices can be installed, but they should not obstruct using them.
  • Exterior areas shall be free from noxious weeds, dead, decayed or damaged trees, rubbish or debris, accumulated ice or snow.
  • You cannot park inoperable vehicles in your house for an extended time, nor can you keep useless or unused iceboxes, refrigerators or freezers in your home.
  • Driveways, ramps, parking garages, parking areas, paths, walkways, landings, outside stairs and any similar area should be safe to use.
  • At least one door of the house shall be able to lock from outside.
  • Parking areas, locked areas in a residential community shall be equipped with security cameras for safety purposes.
  • Mailbox shall be in condition to keep things secure.
  • Cabinets, cupboards, shelves and countertops should be in acceptable condition.

Please do not hesitate to ask your builder all the important questions when you build or buy a house. Always stay up to date with the information on GUGLU BLOG

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