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You want an apartment? You can expect the landlord to ask for a long list of personal information: References, proof of employment, credit check, previous landlord -- and the list goes on. Some want T4s, some want even more intimate details. But what do you know about the landlord?
Renting is a very particular experience that comes with its own set of idiosyncrasies -- every renter is sure to recognize these -- and there are many, many more.
A lot of renters don't realize they need Renters Insurance. Many think the building owner's insurance covers them. WRONG. You need to insure all your stuff. Here's why.
It's just about time for the new school year to begin, and for many students in college and university, it means leaving Casa del Mom'n'Dad and moving off to a new apartment at school. It's usually the first time leaving home, the first time having an apartment and the first time having to pay all of the bills.
With so much of the attention focused on Victoria's tent city and Vancouver's skyrocketing home prices in the housing debate, one group is left hollering, "Hey, what about us?" That group is all of the Province's renters, and it's a group worth listening to.
Rental scams are an ongoing problem. They rely on victimizing people at a disadvantage -- new Canadians not familiar with rental rules and laws, first-time renters and generally those people who are trusting and/or unfamiliar with how scams are perpetrated. But rental scams are becoming more sophisticated.