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Regulatory and Compliance Framework for Multi-Tenant (Rooming) Houses

Multi-tenant houses (commonly known as rooming houses) are found today in certain parts of the city as part of the rental housing stock. The City licenses multi-tenant houses (MTHs) to ensure that they are safe and well-maintained.

The existing zoning and licensing regulations for multi-tenant houses in Toronto are inconsistent among the former municipalities. Currently, multi-tenant houses are only permitted in the former city of Toronto and some parts of the former cities of York and Etobicoke

Please note that Multi-tenant houses include Personal Care houses that would provide meals and additional support services to residents, such as housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation and medication storage.

The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to encourage and regulate safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across the city (all of York and Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, Leaside and East York).

The proposed regulatory framework has four parts:
  1. Enhanced operator licensing requirements to promote health and safety
  2. An enforcement and compliance program
  3. City-wide zoning standards that permit the use across the city, and
  4. Initiatives to support tenants and maintain affordability of housing
Public consultation on the proposed regulatory framework is taking place in April and May 2021. Staff will be reporting back to the Planning and Housing Committee in mid-2021 with recommended zoning by-law amendments and a new regulatory by-law for multi-tenant houses.
Step 1:  Read about Multi-tenant Housing and the four parts of the Framework

Step 2:  Complete the 
Questionnaire.  The Questionnaire provides a lot more detailed information about the proposed plans.

Step 3:  If you are a Resident, 
Register to attend a Stakeholder Workshop on Tuesday, May 11 12:30-2:30 pm to obtain more information and to put forward your questions.

Step 4: If you are a Residents Association, 
Register  to attend a Stakeholder Workshop for RA's on Monday, May 10 6:30-8:00 pm.
It is important to let your thoughts be known
Complete details of the proposed regulatory framework are available in a staff report on Creating the Regulatory and Compliance Framework for Multi-Tenant Houses across Toronto which was considered by the Planning and Housing Committee on November 17, 2020.
Garden Suites – Community Consultations
As the next step in the consultation process, City Planning will be hosting three virtual community consultation meetings where residents can learn more, ask questions, and share comments about Garden Suites.  Three sessions have been arranged to provide additional date/time options but the same content will be reviewed at each meeting.
 
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
The meetings will be Online and phone-in only. To join pre-registration is required at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations (select the 6th page of entries at the bottom right hand side of the screen to see meetings titled ‘Garden + Suites Study Community Meeting’).
 
Additional information about the Garden + Suites study is available at the study website.
 
For more information on Garden Suites, please contact the City Planning project leads David Driedger David.Driedger@toronto.ca and Allison Reid Allison.Reid@toronto.ca.
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