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What to consider when renting your own place for the first time
There are a lot of things to consider when renting your own place for the first time. You should have an idea of what you’re looking for in a rental unit such as parking, location, services and how much you plan to pay.
It’s important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant so that you have a positive renting experience. We encourage you to use the information provided on this website as a guide, and before entering into a lease agreement, learn more about these topics:
Make sure you understand what’s included in your rent payment. Some lease agreements may include utilities such as heat, lights, water, cable, and internet, while others do not.
Additional services may also be agreed to in your lease agreement such as snow removal, lawn care, garbage collection, laundry, or cleaning services. Having any rent inclusions or furnishings listed within your lease will ensure both you and the landlord agree that they will be included in your rent. Be aware of the cost of any services you will need if they are not included in your rent payment.
You should consider the following expenses when beginning to look for a rental unit:
You may inquire with local service providers to estimate monthly costs.
Protect yourself by reading and fully understanding your lease agreement before you sign.
For example, some lease agreements may limit the number of parking spaces available to you or not provide parking at all. It’s important to be aware of any limitations before entering into a lease agreement.
If you have questions about the terms and conditions of your lease, we encourage you to contact the Residential Tenancies Tribunal at 1-888-762-8600 or by email at email@example.com before signing.
To learn more about lease agreements:
When more than one tenant is named on the lease agreement, they are all equally responsible for the rental unit, any damages, and the full rent amount. We encourage completing a roommate agreement together so there is a clear understanding of household rules and expectations. The Residential Tenancies Tribunal does not intervene in roommate disagreements.
You can use the following template to create a written agreement between you and your roommates:
A landlord may ask you for proof of insurance as a condition of renting.
We encourage renters to understand the benefits of having insurance. Tenant insurance can help renters cover the cost of replacing or repairing their personal belongings in the event of an incident such as a fire, flood, or break-in. It may also cover the cost of accommodations in the event you must vacate your rental unit.
If you have a problem with your rental unit or landlord, there are steps you can follow and services available to help you solve it. To learn more: