Rent an apartment in Canada

One of the major concerns for newcomers is renting a home. Nowadays, with the increasing cost of housing and the length of the lease in Canada (which is usually 1 year), renting an apartment in Canada is more suitable for people who decide to stay in this country for a short period of time. People who have immigrated to Canada with a Canadian work visa or to study and do not yet have permanent residence in this country, it is better to think about renting a home for the first year and to buy a house after determining the status of work and residence.

However, the cost of renting a home in Canada, depending on each city, includes a different amount that people can rent according to their budget. Renting a place to stay depends entirely on the person and the circumstances.

The best place to rent is near the metro and bus station. If you do not want to spend a lot of money on rent, you can also have roommate so the cost of renting will be less for you.

If you are coming to Canada on a work visa or temporary business visa and do not yet have a credit, or are on a start-up work visa and do not have a letter from work, you can use the Sublet, lease transfer, air bnb or Hotel options.

Types of accommodation for rent:

  1. Guest House:

The guest house is usually a good option for accommodation of newcomers for a considerable period of time. These houses are usually furnished and the payments are daily, weekly or even monthly.

  1. Hotel / Motel:

In these places you can usually rent a room that has basic facilities such as toilet, bathroom, TV and table and chairs. The amount of rent in these places is usually calculated on a daily basis, sometimes it will be cheaper for you to request and negotiate to calculate the rent on a weekly basis. Since it is not possible to cook at a hotel or motel and you have to eat at restaurant, the cost of your stay will generally increase.

  1. Furnished apartments:

In Canada, many homeowners rent out their furnished units with adequate facilities. Furnishing and adding furniture to the place in Canada has different levels. Therefore, the apartments are divided into semi-furnished and fully furnished.

Semi-furnished apartments in Canada are furnished with basic furniture such as, coffee table, dining table and bed. In fully furnished apartments, in addition to the basic appliances, kitchen utensils such as various dishes, microwave and coffee maker and home appliances such as vacuum cleaners and irons are also part of the home facilities.

Of course, renting a fully furnished apartment is much cheaper, as one of the advantages of renting a furnished apartment in Canada is that you do not need to buy or move your furniture and you can rest assured that all the furniture needed in the new apartment is available.


Steps to renting a home in Canada

Search for apartment

You can search for your desire apartment online or just look for them in your chosen neighbourhood.

Credit Check

Landlords usually carry out a credit check process to ensure that the tenant is able to pay the rent.


If there is an agreement between the parties (tenant and landlord) after paying the compensation deposit (the amount that the tenant must pay before living in the rented house), it is time to arrange the lease.

Ways to find an apartment in Canada

There are several ways to find a home

  • Through telegram groups
  • Facebook-Market place
  • Kijiji Website
  • Search Google
  • Navigate to desired areas and find signs for rent and direct contact with the landlord

Types of apartment rentals in Canada

  • Rent an apartment through Lease

In the Lease method, the tenant rents the property directly from the landlord or a representative on his or her behalf. Accordingly, in case of any repairs and cleaning, the owner is obliged to pay the costs. Also, while extending the lease, the rent will increase slightly (up to 3%).

Of course, in case of any problem from the tenant, he (the tenant) is obliged to live in that property until the end of the contract.

  • Rent an apartment through Sublet

In this method, the applicant rents the property for a short period of one or two months from the previous tenant. These homes, which are usually furnished and delivered to applicants, can be a good option for short-term applicants.

  • Rent an apartment through Lease transfer

According to this contract, in case of transfer, the person can transfer the rental contract to another person until the end of the deadline.

Types of home for rent

Apartments: Houses that together form a building complex.

Condominium: Condominium units that have different equipment for rent to the general public.

Single-Family Detached: Houses that are generally built on separate plots of land.

Cottage: Small beach houses built near the sea or lake.

Duplex or Triplexes: Homes that are built in three to two separate sections.

Basement: Basement or basement floors, which are generally welcomed by people because they are cheap.

Multi-row house: Row House or Townhouse Houses with a common wall that are placed next to each other.

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