Renter's Toolkit:
Finding and Keeping a Home

2. Searching for Housing

Are you ready to start your housing search? Use the tip sheets and worksheets below to find out where to look for a place, how to communicate with potential landlords, how to keep track of your inquiries and viewings, and things to consider when looking at a unit.

Click on the play button below to listen to tips and tools for this phase.                                                   Renter's Toolkit Home Page 

Searching for housing 

Quick Tips for Finding Rental Housing
Find out how to get a lead on a rental unit, what to do if you need a place urgently, and links to more help.

Where to Find Apartment Listings Online
There's more out there than what's on Kijiji! This is a lengthy list of websites that advertise rental units.

Understanding Rental Advertising Lingo
What does 2 BR furn w/o, util incl. mean? This tip sheet explains commonly used short forms in rental ads.

Talking to Landlords

A Guide for Talking to Landlords
Includes sample scripts, questions you should ask the landlord and questions the landlord can and can't ask you.



Video: Tips to effectively search for housing from staff at The Working Centre 


Searching for housing

My Housing Plan
This worksheet will help you walk through the steps for preparing, searching and securing housing.

Is Your Potential Roommate/Housemate Right for You?
Write down what you want and don't want in a roommate and the answers to the questions you discuss together.

Viewing and comparing housing options

Keeping Track of Your Unit Inquiries
Can't remember who you left a voice mail with or which units you applied for? This work sheet helps you keep track.

Apartment Comparison Checklist
You might view a lot of units before making a decision; it will be easier to keep track and compare with this checklist.