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The Renter's Toolkit: Finding and Keeping a Home

Whether you are new to renting or have been renting for a while, this toolkit can help! This is a step-by-step guide to finding a home that's affordable for you; securing it, and staying housed until you are ready to move on.  Each phase includes printable and fillable worksheets to guide your through the process.

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Learn about the Renter's Toolkit and how it can help you. 

    

1.  Preparing for Housing Search

Before you start searching for housing, it's helpful to think about your preferences, what you can afford, and what you could live without. Get help finding a balance between your housing needs and wants, and figuring out how much you can spend on rent.

 

2.  Searching for Housing

Ready to start searching? Get tips on where to look for rental units, how to communicate effectively with potential landlords, how to keep track of your inquiries, and things to consider when viewing units.

 

3.  Securing Housing and Making it a Home

Have you decided on a rental unit? Get help reviewing and summarizing your lease, understanding credit checks, having the right identification (ID) to show the landlord, preparing for your move, and making your place feel like home once you settle in.

4.  Staying Housed

How stable is your housing? This section will help you understand your rights as a tenant (security of tenure), when and how to report maintenance, health, or safety issues, what your responsibilities are as a tenant, and under what circumstances a landlord can ask a renter to move out.

5.  Deciding to Move

Thinking about moving out? Get help understanding your obligations, when and how to give proper notice to end your tenancy, how to decide on a termination date, and how to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board if needed.

Please note that the toolkit is under development and will be regularly updated with new information and resources.  If you find an error or omission, or have a suggestion for additional content, please contact: FBaig@regionofwaterloo.ca

 

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