- Who and how many people are interested in living there
- When are you available to move in?
- What is your source of income?
- Where have you lived before?
Visiting the rental unit
- When is the apartment available?
- What kind of lease are you looking for?
- When is rent due? How do you like it being paid? (cheque, online, other)
- Are utilities included in rent? Do I need to set up my own electrical or gas services?
- Are utilities charged to individual apartments, or averaged between residents?
- How big is the hot water heater and is the hot water shared with any other apartments?
- Is there a washer and dryer (laundry) in the unit? Is it coin operated or included in rent price? If not, where is the closest place to do my laundry?
- How long have you been renting this property? Do you manage other properties?
- How do I submit a maintenance request, if I have one?
- What modifications do you make to units between tenants? (e.g. will the apartment be painted/cleaned before you move in?)
- What are your most common maintenance requests?
- Have you had any pest issues? How do/would you handle pest control?
- Is there any additional storage space?
- Are the other tenants students? Are they generally quiet? Are there children in the building/units? Pets?
- How safe is the apartment/area? Have you had any break-ins in the past?
- Does the door have a deadbolt? Can I have one installed?
- Will you be changing locks between tenants?
Although pre-arranging housing can provide peace of mind, international students should not enter a rental agreement without inspecting the unit and meeting the landlord.
Safety is an important factor in your off-campus housing decision. It's strongly recommended that you visit the neighbourhood, meet the landlord, and thoroughly inspect the unit before signing a lease.