City consultations on rooming house regulations

The City of Toronto is reaching out to residents to get feedback on proposed new regulations for multi-tenant homes, what we usually call rooming houses.

At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:

– how multi-tenant houses should be zoned
– the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home
– what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (such as site plan, waste management plan and parking plan)

Our neighbours at the Cabbagetown South Residents Association have posted detailed information about the initiative on the CSRA website and the final meeting, closest to our neighbourhood, takes place on Tuesday, June 27, Wellesley Community Centre, Room A, 495 Sherbourne St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you are interested in being heard but can’t make the meeting, the city has set up an online survey about multi-tenant housing.

There are many rooming houses throughout our neighbourhood, both in private ownership and operated by Toronto Community Housing, so if you want a say in how these operate in future, don’t miss your chance!

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2 Responses to City consultations on rooming house regulations

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am really confused.

    Is a multi tenant house a rooming house?

    Or a house that’s been divided into 2, 3, or 4 apartments?

  2. admin says:

    Here is the definition given by the City of Toronto:

    “A multi-tenant house can include a house, apartment or building where you share a kitchen and/or washroom with four or more people who pay individual rent. It is an important part of the affordable rental housing stock and provides single-room accommodation to diverse tenants including students, seniors, new immigrants and low/moderate income residents. Learn more about rooming houses and how they are regulated in Toronto here.”

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