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Toronto Rent Bank


Updated January 2006

Available to qualified applicants, an interest free loan to sustain their tenancies and avoid eviction.

Services of the Toronto Rent Bank include:

  • Landlord and tenant mediation assistance
  • Providing money management advice and skill development
  • Housing search assistance
  • Follow-up support and community links
  • Rent Bank interest free loans for up to two months

You may be eligible for Rent Bank Service assistance, if you meet the following requirements:

  • Individual(s)/families living in Toronto with legal residential status in Canada who meet the income requirements
  • Be in imminent danger of losing your housing due to rental arrears
  • Landlords must be willing to keep their tenancies and tenants must be covered by the Tenant Protection Act
  • Have a regular source of income
  • Applicant must be paying market rent
  • Housing must be sustainable

You are not eligible for Rent Bank Service if any of the following applies:

  • You are currently receiving Ontario Works, ODSP or OSAP
  • Applicants in need of first and last month's rent
  • Applicants who fail to produce complete documentation as required by the Rent Bank application process
  • Applicants who do not reside in the City of Toronto
  • Applicant who are homeowners
  • Staff will assess the tenant(s) long-term housing sustainability. Applicant should demonstrate that they have exhausted all other means of financial assistance available to them before applying for a Rent Bank loan. All loans are to be paid back in full in monthly installments. All repayments go back to the Rent Bank fund to help families/individuals from being evicted.

    If you have any questions or need information on any Rent Bank related services, feel free to call the Rent Bank Central office at 416-924-3862 or your nearest local access center at:

    • Albion (North Etobicoke) 416-741-1553

    • Albion (South Etobicoke) 416-252-6471

    • COSTI North York Housing 416-244-0480

    • East York Housing Outreach 416-698-9306

    • Neighbourhood Information Post 416-924-2543

    • Scarborough Housing Help 416-285-8070

    • WoodGreen Community Centre 416-469-5211

    • York Community Services 416-653-5400



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