Find out where there are vacant apartments. You can do this by looking in the local papers, contacting your local Housing Resource Centre, Non-Profit Housing providers, as well as property management companies
Rooming situation up to Bachelor Apt.
1 Bedroom Apt.
2 Bedroom Apt.
2 Bedroom House
3 and up Bedroom Apt.
3 and up Bedroom House
"Tell the landlord that you would like to make an appointment to see the unit first..."
When contacting a landlord about an apartment state your name first, then tell the landlord you are calling about the vacant unit they have for rent, then ask if the apartment is still available to rent.
Find out about the vacant apartment before you give information about yourself. Tell the landlord that you would like to make an appointment to see the unit first and that you will be happy to give them any information at that time.
When you go to the appointment bring any references you may have; both personal and from past landlords. Bring a pen and a pad of paper to write down anything you feel is important about the apartment that the landlord mentions.
Always do a visual inspection when you are viewing the apartment check for cracks in the walls/ceiling, stains in the ceiling or floors (indication of leaks), any unusual odours, noise level, appliances and see if the plumbing is in working order and if there are any sign of bugs.
"Landlords can only ask you for first and lasts month's rent..."
If you agree to rent the unit but have maintenance requests make sure you get a written agreement from the landlord on what needs to be repaired and a date that they agree to have the repairs completed by.
Landlords can only ask you for first and lasts month's rent. They can no longer ask for extra money to cover the cost of furniture already in the apartment, for damages, or key deposits.
"If you are refused an apartment for any reasons mentioned, contact your local legal services office..."
It is against the law in Ontario for anyone to treat you unfairly or refuse to rent you an apartment because of your race, sex, colour, nationality, place of origin, sexual orientation, age, religion, or because you are single, pregnant, have children, are in recipient of financial assistance, have a disability or are between the ages of 16 and 24.
Always get legal advice if you receive any kind of notice to vacate or notice of termination.
If you are refused an apartment for any of these reasons contact your local legal services office, in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties the number is 613-966-8686 or 1-877-966-8686.
"Security of tenure does not apply if you are; renting commercial space, or staying in short-term emergency accommodations such as a hostel or shelter..."
One of the most important rights a tenant has is "security of tenure". This means that a tenant can stay in their apartment as long as they want unless your landlord has a legal reason to evict you. This right also applies to most roomers and boarders unless they share a kitchen or bathroom with the owner or the owner's immediate family. It does not apply to you if you are; renting commercial space or staying in short-term emergency accommodations such as a hostel or shelter.