Renting or Buying a Home
Renting a Home
Most apartments and houses are rented on a monthly basis, but some are rented weekly.
To rent a home, you will usually need a co-signor or a reference. A co-signor is someone who agrees to pay your rent if you cannot. A reference is someone who verifies your background and recommends you as a tenant.
Most landlords also require you to pay first and last month’s rent when you begin renting somewhere. That means that you will have to budget for two month’s rent when you begin renting a new apartment or house.
It is important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant renting a home in Canada.
You can sometimes arrange to rent an apartment without viewing it, in person, but usually landlords like to meet their tenants before a lease is signed. Before you land in Canada, you should make an appointment with a landlord for shortly after your arrival. This way you can rent an apartment quickly and have a place to call home and a mailing address.
To find rental housing in Leeds & Grenville, check the classified sections of local newspapers, or visit one of the following websites. Kijiji usually provides the most listings.
Buying a Home
These websites list houses, apartments, and other places for sale:
For more information
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation provides great information about Canadian housing for newcomers. Their website offers information about both buying and renting a home in Canada and is available in multiple languages.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers detailed housing information you should know before finding a place to live.
The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville offers more information about housing in the region.