Given the current state of Toronto's housing market, many people in the city are opting to rent rather than own. With several apartment buildings available to rent units from, it's important for Torontonians to narrow down the options to the ones that offer the best quality in terms of living conditions and management policies.
A recent thread on Reddit was started to get the public's opinion on the best and worst rentals in the city. The conversation was inspired by an old post from 2014, where one user created a helpful spreadsheet to compare the rentals for quality. The hope was to create an updated list for 2017 to help current apartment hunters find good properties in the city.
Torontonians were quick to comment on which rental companies are worth considering and which ones should definitely be avoided:
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"Amazing building. Kept up very well. Routine maintenance done. Quiet building, hardly notice you live among a ton of other people. Great community that often talks within a Facebook group to plan building activities. Not the cheapest, but well worth it. Problems are fixed same or next day all the time. No issues with bugs." - ilovedillpickles
"My family moved to 99 Tyndall which is owned by a company called Akelius. They are basically apartments turned into condos. Has wood flooring, new appliances even a washer dryer set. But rent is like 1800 a month plus utilities. But the place is nice but not many can afford it. Its the equivalent to a mortgage. But its definitely better than before." - ripndipp
Briarlane Rental Property Management
"55 Brownlow Ave managed by Briarlane is an older (1960s) building that they keep in decent shape ... And I will Briarlane-managed buildings, but I do suggest you also evaluate how you feel about the supers when you meet them as they can change your experience quite drastically."
Greenrock Property Management
"I've had great experience with Greenrock Property Management, specifically their community of buildings in the Village. A little bit pricier, but it was nice having a competent, friendly management staff that was responsive to stuff. Never had an issue with creepy crawlies of any sort - Only issue was a bit of noise transmission given that it was an older building." - DreamstateSeven
"I have an apartment with Greenwin that I've been in for a year and I've had no issues: the staff is nice, the place is well kept, and for the area, the rent isn't terrible." - chrisdurand
"I've been in a building managed by Greenwin for almost 9 years now. No complaints whatsoever." - nickelplate
O'Shanter Development Company
"I live in an O'Shanter building. Water used to be shut off frequently but now that they're doing renos on all the apartments, they're able to shut off the water to 1 single unit as opposed to the entire building. Elevators are always working. Lobby is clean. Laundry room is clean. Recycling room is clean. Super is very friendly. Complaints and repair requests are always dealt with quickly.
The building is old but they do a great job updating it as much as possible. It's low frills with no amenities but it keeps my rent down so that is perfect for me." - schweatyball
Park Property Management
"I remember this list. I can still vouch for Park Property Management, had a great experience with them for 7 years." - oooooooooof
"I can also vouch for Park Property. I live in an older building with thick concrete walls, so I have never had any pest issues and I have never heard of any in my building. Management is very responsive to any repairs, and always conducts regular maintenance on the building. Very good value for the rent I pay. Also they are pet friendly, no questions about pets were asked in the application process."
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Berkley Property Management
Avoid. It was poorly maintained (our shower didn't work for six months), most calls to the main office wouldn't ever be picked up (even just to front reception), and when we finally took them to the LTB they claimed they never got a work order from the city (...they did). We won big $$$ and got TF out of our lease). - Sunstreaked
"Capreit buildings should be avoided if at all possible. Their buildings are generally in a deplorable state and then they try and extract every cent possible from you." - vander_beaker
Creccal Investments Ltd.
"I had friends that lived there years ago due to great location as they were wanting to be in the neighbourhood while they waited for Giraffe Condos to be built, but moved out quickly due to problems with their unit such as drafty windows that never got fixed, mould that was not dealt with, mice in the laundry room, issues with insects." - urbnpinto
"I live in a Homestead building and it's a nightmare. Beware that these guys 'upgrade' their apartments enough to make them appear good but they usually have a whole host of problems that will make you move out.
They aim for high turnover so that they can keep raising the rent. The apartment I live at Yonge and Eglinton which has horrible elevators, poor heating and a roach/ant infestation. I was able to get elevators and heating fixed by calling the city a bunch of times. Dealing with management is a pain because they can't speak English." - mentalfloss3
"Lived at Walmer Place (managed by Royal York) for less than a year. Ended up with bedbugs and management was minimally responsive, it was hell. Had to take them to the landlord and tenant board just to get my last month's rent back since I wasn't able to even live there at that point, and the whole place felt like a scam after the way they handled everything. The owner is seemed a little unhinged too... Would not recommend. When I signed my lease I was told there was a pool and gym in the building, but they were always "under renovation" for the six or so months I was there." - IndubitablyBlue
"Don't ever rent Wynn, they are slumlords." - ripndipp
"Every Wynn or Wynn family building I saw was in deplorable condition and had free roaches included in the rent." - SolemnForm
"I made the mistake of renting from them when I first moved to the city. The landlord openly told my roommate that the previous tenant had been cooking drugs in the place which is why we had to scrub black stains off of the walls and the door had signs of being kicked in. Should also mention that there were no windows in the bedrooms and we lived in an illegal mixed commercial/residential building. Good times!" - frankiavocado
Boutique Condos (not the best, not the worst)
"21 Nelson / 126 Simcoe: Building is ok. It's not horrible, but I would never suggest it. Broken elevators, the reserve fund has likely dried up causing them to try and "fine" residents for whatever they can. A lot of younger professionals that are loud and obnoxious. Thin walls, poor construction. Overall, not horrible, but I wouldn't highly suggest it. No issues with bugs." -ilovedillpickles