Housing Advice

Renting an Apartment

When you apply for an apartment, the landlord may ask you for references, information about past landlords, permission to do a credit check, and for a co-signer.  Have information about your rental history (with contact names and phone numbers) and income ready. If you get the apartment, the landlord may ask you to pay last month’s rent up front when you sign the lease.

Some landlords ask for a deposit when people fill in the application for an apartment.  If you get the apartment, the deposit becomes part of your payment for first month’s or last month’s rent.  If you do not get the apartment, the landlord must return the deposit.

If a landlord asks you for a deposit when you apply for an apartment, make sure you get a receipt, and ask for your deposit back right away if you do not get the apartment.  If you have trouble getting your deposit back, contact the Peterborough Community Legal Centre at 705-745-9355.

Before signing the lease, do a careful walk-through of the apartment and ask about any repairs. Make a list of any damages, have the landlord initial the list and attach it to the lease. For a full explanation of the initial inspection and additional support visit the following link Once a Rental Agreement Has Been Made from CMHC.

Before signing the lease, make sure you can afford the utilities for the unit. See our Can You Afford It section.