Some rooms for rent in Toronto are now advertising 'no cooking' in units

Aug 1 2018, 3:58 pm

Toronto is known for its competitive, and expensive, rental market.

If a place is affordable, generally there are about 30 to 50 other people looking at it, and it feels like potential tenants have to give everything – and then some – just to simply qualify to apply.

And knowing this, it seems like landlords are asking for the impossible.

Case in point, these Kijiji rentals requesting “no cooking.”

Think about that for a second…

So you’d pay $600, but you’ll need to save for all that take out you’ll be eating.

(Pretty sure, at least according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, that food and shelter are on the same line for a reason.)

But “no cooking” isn’t rare these days. Plenty of other room listings ask tenants for “light cooking” or “less cooking.”

Meaning, you’d still need to budget for take out over the $400 room.

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) does not speak directly to cooking in a rental unit, but Daily Hive contacted the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB).

According to the Board, issues concerning cooking in a rental unit may arise in a variety of different types of applications heard by the LTB.

“For example, if a tenant’s cooking in their unit substantially interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of another tenant or the landlord, the landlord may be able to give a notice of termination for this reason and if the issue persists, the landlord may apply to the LTB for an order terminating the tenancy and evicting the tenant,” states the LTB.

But, tenants may also apply to the LTB regarding cooking if for example, “the landlord substantially interfered with their reasonable enjoyment of the rental unit.”

We get the ‘no smoking’ or ‘no partying’, even ‘no pets’ can pass because of allergies, but having a no cooking rule? That’s another level.

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