Housing can be complicated and frustrating! But don’t worry, you are not alone and there are resources that can guide you through the process of renting as well information about your rights and responsibilities. Consult the documents that correspond to your situation and get back to enjoying life!

We can’t predict the future but we can recommend these preventative steps that could save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Proper information and prevention can save you from moving into an insect-ridden dwelling, paying illegal deposits etc. and may even help you hone the search and find your dream apartment.

The steps

Before you start

Moving can be exciting but also hectic, especially if it’s your first time or if you are new to the city. It is important to inform yourself about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant as well as basic housing rules; this may prevent a lot of trouble ! It is also a good idea to get to know a bit about the rental market in Montreal in general, in order to score an awesome, affordable place!

The search

There are a couple of strategies you can use while searching for ‘home’ The best way to approach apartment hunting is by educating yourself, making sure you know what you want from an apartment and knowing when you’ve found the perfect place, so don’t cut yourself short; get busy!

Before signing

A lease is a big commitment, and as such you want to make sure you are committing to the right place. It is exceedingly important that you understand the different types of rental agreements you may encounter and to make sure you are signing for a place that meets all of your needs.

Moving in & out

Moving day can be exhausting but there are a few tricks that can help make the process go smoother. This means that when you get to your new place you can crack open that pizza box without a care in the world… apart from unpacking boxes, of course.