Finding a place to rent

4 steps to finding a place to rent

1. Figure out your priorities

Ask yourself:

  1. How much rent can you afford?
  2. Where do you want to live?
  3. Will you need access to public transit?
  4. Will you have roommates?
  5. How many bedrooms and bathrooms?
  6. Do you need other amenities?
  7. Furnished or unfurnished?
  8. How long do you plan to live there?

2. Browse ads

Look at a variety of rental ads by searching online rental websites, or in your local newspapers. You can also check out average rents in Ontario.

3. Go to viewings

Do your own inspections. Ask these questions:

  1. Is it safe? Is the fire escape accessible? Are locks on the door and windows secure? Is the neighbourhood safe?
  2. Is it in a good location? How far is it from public transit and parking? Is it on a busy street? What businesses and services are nearby?
  3. Is everything working? Do all the appliances work? Does the plumbing, heat and air conditioning work? Are the hot and cold water working? Does the water run clear and taste OK? Will the apartment be cleaned before you move in?

Use this detailed worksheet to evaluate each place you look at.

Learn more about how to look for a rental property.

4. Choose the best option

Choose the apartment or house that fits your budgetBudget A monthly or yearly estimated plan for spending and saving. You work it out based on your income and expenses.+ read full definition and best meets your priorities.

4 quick steps to get started

  1. Set your budget
  2. Decide on your priorities
  3. Browse ads
  4. View and inspect potential places
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