Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Should Secondary Suites Be Licenced?

Secondary suites are a business
Why shouldn't they require a business licence?

The city of Nanaimo will soon be mailing out invoices to all registered businesses in the city of Nanaimo for their 2015 Business Licence.

If you are operating a business in the city of Nanaimo you are required to pay the fee for 2015 no later than January 1/2015 to be legally licenced to do business in Nanaimo.

It doesn't matter if you are Woodgrove Mall or the single operator running a business from your kitchen table, if you are running a business the city needs their fee.

Secondary suites are for gain

Clearly anyone who has renovated a space in their home to accommodate a rental suite of some size, shape or description is doing so in order to charge a fee for the rental of that space. Presumably the rental fee is intended to provide gain or profit. The same intent would apply to someone buying a home specifically containing a secondary suite.

According to the Business Licence Bylaw 1998 NO 5351 a 'Business' means (a) carrying on a commercial or industrial undertaking of any kind or (b) providing professional, personal or other services for the purpose of gain or profit.

It would seem that the owners of secondary suites should be required to purchase a business licence, as it should also apply to landlords in the rental business.


1 comment:

  1. More government taxes, but not taxes per se, just "fees" and "licences". Money grab. Yes, make sure all suites are safe and appropriate living accommodations; other than that, keep your hands off!


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