A multi-tenant house, commonly known as a rooming house, is where four or more people rent rooms and share a kitchen and/or washroom. The tenants may pay rent individually.

Multi-tenant houses are an important part of the affordable rental housing market and provides single-room accommodation to diverse communities, including students, seniors, new immigrants and low/moderate income residents.

These are only permitted in certain parts of Toronto where zoning permits. In some areas, owners must have a licence to operate multi-tenant houses.

Residents can contact 311 to report issues related to multi-tenant houses.

Multi-Tenant House Owners & Operators

Learn about licensing and operating requirements.

Tenants of Multi-Tenant Houses

Get information on service requests and tenant rights.

Multi-Tenant (Rooming) House Review

Read about the review of licensing and regulations.