You can rent a place in Toronto for $400 if you're willing to share a room with 2 strangers
One such listing created on Facebook Marketplace just over a week ago advertises a room for rent at only $400 per month — a mere fraction of the $2,100 per month landlords are currently charging, on average, for a one-bedroom unit.
As the ad specifies in its headline, this isn't a private apartment, but a room within a house. (If somebody tries to rent you even the tiniest studio condo for $400 monthly, they're scamming. I promise. Do not send them money.)
Many young adults and families are happy in living arrangements where everybody shares common facilities, but has their own personal room to hide out in. It's common among post-secondary students and people who like having roomates.
What is not normal, or even legal, are rooms with multiple beds inside them for individuals to rent long-term. And yet, I'm seeing more and more of them every day.
The latest Marketplace bed-in-a-room listing portrays what looks like an exceptionally uncomfortable dwelling, so cramped that all three beds within the single room are touching one another.
"Rooms for rent on main floor of detached house," reads the listing. "Great location — TTC bus stop 2 min walk, 10 min walk approx. to Victoria Park subway — all amenities at walking distance."
A walk score of 57/100 conflicts with this description, though the landlord does say that the home is also "ideal for downtown commutation."
The listing's headline specifies that only women will be accepted as tenants (at least I think that's what it means by "GIRLS ONLY,") and that "female Muslim" tenants are preferred.
The landlord was initially renting out not one, but several spaces within rooms on the main floor of their house near St. Clair Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue.
Two rooms with two beds each have already filled up at the price of $450 per bed. Now, the only bed that remains in this borderline hostel is one of three in what the listing describes as a "big room."
As of Tuesday afternoon, blogTO had not heard back from the Facebook user who posted this ad. His listing history reflects that the other two rooms in the property are fully rented, and that he is currently selling a folding mattress for $70.
City of Toronto bylaws stipulate that "The maximum number of persons living in a habitable room shall not exceed one person for each nine square metres of habitable room floor area," reads the Property Standards section of Toronto Municipal Code.
"The minimum floor area of a room used by two or more persons for sleeping shall be four square metres for each person so using the room."
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