A new regulatory framework for multi-tenant (rooming) houses came into effect on March 31, 2024. Learn more about the new framework, licensing requirements for operators and supports for tenants.

The City defines a multi-tenant house, commonly known as a rooming house, as a building where four or more rooms are rented out to separate people. Tenants may share the kitchen and/or washroom but they do not live together as a single housekeeping unit. The new framework permits this type of housing across Toronto and all operators are now required to obtain licences to operate multi-tenant houses.

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

Licensing for Operators

Learn about licensing and operating requirements for owners.

Supports for Renters

Get information on tenant rights, submitting service requests and more resources.

Landlord & Operator Responsibilities

See information on the responsibilities of multi-tenant property owners and operators.

New Framework for Multi-Tenant Houses

Discover advantages of new regulations and implementation progress.