Until recently, almost all residential condominiums had a section in
the declaration stating that the residential units were to be used only
as single-family residences.
With this provision in the declaration, renting rooms to non-family
members is not permitted. An owner could lease his unit to a
single-family but not to unrelated college or university students, nor
could residential units be rented out on a short-term basis; nothing
less than six months.
Only one lease a year, for no less than six-months, is the norm.
This provision in the declaration is commonly ignored by the board
unless there are issues with unruly residents, locks on the bedroom
doors, parking problems or serious over-crowding.
In 2002, MTCC #1385 at 109 Front Street East was
successful in the courts in stopping the short-term rentals in their
buildings. Their victory set a precedent for all condos in Ontario.