A multi-tenant houses, commonly known as a rooming house, is where four or more people rent rooms and share a kitchen and/or washroom. These are currently only permitted certain areas within Toronto where zoning permits them.

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.

In some areas, owners must have a licence to operate multi-tenant houses. Other areas define multi-tenants houses differently and may not be permitted. For further clarification please contact MultiTenantHousing@toronto.ca.

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.