Here is a list of rental tips for you to keep in mind when considering any rental unit.
- Ask a lot of questions.
- Take a good look around the unit - open cupboards, run the water at the sink and flush the toilet at the same time - to make sure the water pressure doesn't drop dramatically, etc...
- If the current tenants are there during the showing ask them questions about the landlord/property manager. Such as, how quickly do they respond to questions, make repairs, etc…
- Don’t feel pressure to sign a lease on the spot. If you’re not sure about the rental, take a day to think about it. You can always ask to see the property again.
- Try and look past a messy house/apartment. A landlord does not tell tenants to do their dishes, etc... The unit should be cleaned by the landlord or a company at their expense before you start your tenancy.
- In accordance with the Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario ( http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/faqs/#faq3) “A landlord can collect a rent deposit if it is requested on or before the day that the landlord and tenant enter into the tenancy agreement. The rent deposit cannot be more than one month's rent or the rent for one rental period, whichever is less. The rent deposit must be used for the rent for the last month before the tenancy ends. It cannot be used for anything else, such as to pay for damages. ”
- In accordance with the Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario “A landlord cannot collect a damage deposit that they would use if there is damage done to the unit. Also, a landlord cannot use the last month’s rent deposit to cover damages in the unit. “ This means that you are not required to pay a Damage or Security deposit of any kind.
- There is no reason a landlord should be asking for your Social Insurance Number.
- Front door locks or entry codes should be changed each time a new tenant begins a lease.