Other things to consider

Landlords and leases

  • Don’t offer the landlord any money unless you have completely inspected the home and you are certain you want to rent the space.
  • If the landlord is not quick at returning your phone calls or answering your questions, this could be a sign that there may be future difficulties.
  • If you feel the landlord is pressuring you into an agreement, kindly state you are looking at other places and you will let him or her know when you have made your decision.
  • Put everything in writing. Always have your lease and any relevant issues documented in writing.
  • Read the lease carefully before signing it. Don’t hesitate to question anything that is unclear.
  • Don’t let repairs go unreported. As soon as you notice a problem, let your landlord know, put it in writing and keep a copy. Your landlord will not likely be aware that there is something in need of repair until you notify him or her.
  • Keep in mind the lease end date. Moving out doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay the rent. As long as your name is on the lease, you are required to pay the rent on time.
  • You must give advanced notice to terminate your lease. Make sure you check your lease agreement so that you are aware of how much notice you are required to give your landlord before you want to leave. Review this section in the Residential Tenancies Act.


Be sure to pay your rent on time. Your landlord can charge you a late fee each month.

Accommodation Type Average Rent
Shared / With roommates CAN$620
Bachelor / Studio CAN$965
One Bedroom CAN$1235
Two Bedroom CAN$1430
Three Bedroom CAN$1600

Additional costs may include:

  • TV, Internet
  • Security deposit
  • Parking, transportation (free with U-Pass), car insurance, gas
  • Tenant insurance
  • Utilities