Housing Search Tips
HELPFUL TIPS IN YOUR SEARCH FOR
rental housing at real premium in our community it is important to
keep the following tips in mind to get and keep your housing:
When phoning landlords about an ad:
Plan what you are going to say and what
questions you want to ask before you call
Remember to always be polite.
Try to avoid getting into a lot of
personal information on the phone
Do not call after 9 at night or before
9 in the morning.
If a landlord says that the unit is
rented you might ask if he has any others coming up soon.
Remember to thank them for their time
even if they were not able to offer you any help this time.
When going to see a unit or fill in an
application for a unit:
Remember to put your best foot forward.
Just as it is with a job interview first appearances are
remember to be neat and clean in your appearance.
Have your landlord references (usually
at least two) at hand complete with name, address and telephone
Have the details of your rental
history, income source and amounts.
If you do not have landlord references
be sure that you have a good explanation but it is best not to go
into detail about previous bad landlord/tenant relations even if you
have had an experience with a bad landlord.
Offer personal references as an alternative if you have no
Do not put information on an
application that is not true. If
the landlord decides to check it will just look worse.
When finalizing the arrangements to
rent a unit:
If there are repairs that need to be
completed prior to move in it is advisable to have a written
agreement that describes what repairs will be completed prior to
move in. If that is not possible be sure that you have a clear
agreement with the landlord. You may consider making an arrangement with the landlord that
you will do some of these things if he supplies the materials.
Lastly. Once you have found a place
that is good for you be sure that you don’t
Be sure that you pay your rent on
time. If something
does happen that there is going to be a slight delay in paying
contact your landlord ahead and explain but do not make a habit of
Keep your unit clean and do not do
damage to the unit. If
you have children or pets do not allow them to do damage to the
unit. If something does
get damaged, repair it as quickly as possible.
Even if you plan to move again remember that it is important
to have references from previous landlords.
If you cause damage you will not have those references and
some landlords take action in small claims court to recover the cost
of repairs. If you do
not pay it is permanently on your credit rating and will affect you
in the future.
You are responsible for your actions
and that of your guests. If
you have parties and there are damages or noise complaints from
neighbours you are responsible and it is grounds for eviction.
If there are repairs that are needed
you cannot withhold your rent to have repairs done no matter how bad
the situation is. You should contact the Ontario Rent Tribunal
at 1-888-332-3234 or make an appointment for free legal advice with
Community Legal Clinic at 1-800-461-8953.