New rules about how many bedrooms a household can have

New rules about how many bedrooms a household can have

March 03, 2015

​ There are new rules about how many bedrooms each rent-geared-to-income household is eligible for. These rules, called Occupancy Standards, are set by the City of Toronto.

The changes mean tenants now have more options when deciding what unit size best fits their family's needs.

  • Children of the household who are under the age of 18 and are the same gender no longer have to share a bedroom.
  • For households that have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, a maximum of 2 children can share a bedroom.
  • For households that have 4, 5, or 6 bedrooms, up to 3 children can share a bedroom as long as the bedroom is large enough according to the City's Municipal Code Property Standards.

Do you have questions about the new rules?


Common questions and answers about Occupancy Standards


1. Who do the Occupancy Standards apply to?

Local occupancy standards are developed by the City of Toronto and apply to rent-geared-to-income (RGI) households in the City of Toronto, including those who live in Toronto Community Housing. 

2. My household is on the transfer waiting list but my household now qualifies for a unit with more bedrooms, what will happen to my transfer application?

Toronto Community Housing will continue to make offers based on the bedroom size listed on your transfer application. If your household now qualifies for a unit with more bedrooms and you are interested in moving to that larger unit size, speak with your Tenant Services Coordinator at your Operating Unit Office or your Property Administrator at your Property Management office.

You will have to change the unit size on your transfer application and you may also have to change your location preferences because not all developments have all the different unit sizes.

Some important notes to consider for your transfer:

  • Households can only be on the transfer waiting list for one unit size. Be sure to choose the unit size that you actually want to live in.
  • If you request a transfer to a unit with 4, 5 or 6 bedrooms, the length of time you will have to wait in order to move is very long, so please consider this before requesting to transfer.
  • Households applying for transfers to a larger unit under this change may not be eligible for an underhoused priority transfer designation.

3. What are the rules about children sharing bedrooms?

  • Children of the household who are under the age of 18 and are the same sex no longer have to share a bedroom.
  • If a family wants children with different sexes to share the same room, they must sign the Consent for Sharing a Bedroom form.
  • For households that have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, a maximum of 2 children can share a bedroom.
  • For households that have 4, 5, or 6 bedrooms, up to 3 children can share a bedroom as long as the bedroom is large enough according to the City's Municipal Code Property Standards. This code says that the bedroom being shared must have at least 4 square metres (or about 43 square feet) for each child sharing the room.

4.My household got a letter telling us that we are no longer over-housed and that I don't have to move, but my household still wants to transfer to a new unit, what are my options?

If your household is not considered over-housed because of the new Occupancy Standards, your household has been removed from the internal transfer waiting list.

If you still want to transfer to a different unit, you must submit a new transfer application form. You can also visit your Operating Unit or Property Management office or call the Client Care Centre at416-981-5500 to request a transfer application form.