Eviction for cause
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, you can be evicted if you:
- Have more people living in your unit than is allowed by health, safety or property standards.
- Have people not listed on your lease living in your unit.
- Misrepresent your income or the income of anyone else living with you while you pay rent-geared-to-income.
- Violate the terms of your lease.
The Residential Tenancies Act also says that you can be evicted if you or your guest, visitor or other occupant:
- Willfully or negligently cause serious damage to your unit or to the building.
- Act in a way that interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of other residents.
- Threaten the safety of another resident.
- Break the law on Toronto Community Housing property.
Read Toronto Community Housing's
Policy on Evictions for Cause (PDF)
for more information.
Eviction for arrears
Under the Residential Tenancies Act, you can be evicted if you do not pay your rent. Read Toronto Community Housing's
Eviction Prevention Policy for Non-Payment of Rent (Arrears) (PDF)
for more information.
Toronto Community Housing works with tenants who fall behind in their rent payments to help them meet their responsibilities and, when possible, to keep their housing.
Office of the Commissioner of Housing Equity
This office works to ensure that protections exist for seniors (age 59 and older) and vulnerable tenants who have lost their subsidy or face possible eviction for not paying rent. The office is independent of Toronto Community Housing (the Commissioner reports to the Board of Directors). It is guided by the principles of integrity, impartiality, and independence.
You can contact the Office by email at
or by phone at
Free legal help—community clinics
Community Legal Clinics provide free legal advice and representation to
people in their communities. Legal clinics may assist with tenancy
problems and with other problems, for example problems with Ontario Works or
Ontario Disability Support Program benefits. You can find your local community
legal clinic using the Legal Aid Ontario website.
List of Toronto Community Legal Clinics (PDF)
Eviction is always a last resort
Your unit is your home and we want to help you keep it by working together. If you are having trouble paying your rent, please let us know right away.