Someone in Toronto is renting out an apartment and saying you can’t work from home

If you’re still in a work-from-home or hybrid work situation at your job, there are some apartments in Toronto that you may find that are (illegally) out of reach during your search for a place to live.

a new list in the city, no less than for an excruciatingly cramped basement room, it specifies that prospective tenants cannot work outside of their own space if they are accepted. Y, it’s not the only one published with such a rule in the last days.

“Looking for busy tenant (not working from home)” Kijiji’s list for the private furnished room for $800 a month near Liberty Village.

“Please reply with your full name, age, what you do for a living, and who pays you for your service, then I’ll set up a time for you to see it.”

Although a landlord can’t really dictate what you should do in your home on your own time (unless you’re damaging the space, disrupting other tenants, or something similar), they may have a bit of a point, because given the way dingy and small the unit is, you probably won’t want to spend too much time in it.

The room is not suitable for anyone remotely claustrophobic as it is very small with a single bed, refrigerator, microwave, bathroom vanity, desk and chair, dresser, two bookshelves and a second chair all within easy reach. Picture of Kijiji’s list.

At first glance the tiny lower level bedroom appears to be windowless due to how dark it is, the first picture shows a single bed with a fridge and microwave within easy reach on one side, with half of their kitchen in his bedroom. apparently it’s another trend with Toronto rentals – and a bathroom sink within easy reach on the other (huh?!).

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More of the furniture provided in the small, dark unit. Picture of Kijiji’s list.

The limited space also includes a dresser, mirror, desk, and chair, all in close proximity to the bed and entryway. On the other side of the room are two bookshelves (one large and one small), a second chair, and the aforementioned sink with a small mirror above it. Also, the unit has a small window.

The ceilings appear low, as is typical for basements, with some exposed pipes.

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Another angle of the room showing that it luckily has a window, but also showing that the space would perhaps be better off without half the furniture given its size. Picture of Kijiji’s list.

Although the bedroom inexplicably has a bathroom vanity, thankfully there is a separate bathroom in the private unit, though it’s unclear whether it’s shared or private.

And there could also be a second full bedroom, although the photos don’t show much other than closet space and the landlord doesn’t explain if this is part of the “shared accommodation” in the title of the ad, or part of the separate space the tenant would have for itself.

In fact, it may be the former, since closet space is all that is represented.

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Two additional photos show what appears to be a second bedroom, although only closet space is shown. It is unclear if this room is shared accommodation with others in the household or part of the private unit. (The dirty plate on the table in the background really makes the picture.) Picture of Kijiji’s list.

other listing for a room in a shared apartment that was posted on Facebook Marketplace this week also indicated that the tenant “would have to work outside the house (at the office).”

after it was shared on reddit and got a ton of responses, the person rephrased the ad to say “I prefer to work in the office full time. I work from home full time and the apartment is quite small. I apologize.”

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