How To Rent A House – Tenant Edition

November 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Tenant Resources

Renting a house or apartment can be very simple, if you’re properly prepared. Moving can be very stressful, it’s good to get a head start. Landlords like that rather than you pulling up in a moving van waving fistfuls of cash. Here’s what you need to do to snag that awesome space.

  1. Give proper notice (60 days is the law in Ontario)
  2. Decide on your budget (1/3 or less of your gross income is best)
  3. Get first and last month’s rent deposit together
  4. Check your credit, you can call and get a free credit report from Transunion and Equifax.
  5. Pick a location that’s within your budget
  6. Start looking at ads see if your location and budget match
  7. Prepare the paper work you’ll need to rent the place, photo ID, SIN card, Job Letter or pay stubs or proof of income or savings, previous landlord info
  8. Make some appointments to see places and go see them
  9. Find your dream home and wow your new landlord with your awesome pre-organized paperwork
  10. Move into your new house !

Renting can be challenging and well priced houses will rent fast. Nothing is more discouraging than finding your new abode only to have someone snag it from you. The simple preparations will give you an edge. 99% of landlords ask for these same documents.

Happy Hunting!

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