Looking for an apartment. Whether your first home or a move, there are some rules to observe. How to find that rare gem? What are your rights, your obligations? A short guide to a sometimes treacherous path.

The selection

The classified section of daily newspapers, weeklies and district websites free classified ads help you find the gem. But you should do a few personal thoughts beforehand. Establish your needs. The massive furniture your bedroom will occupy all the space if the master bedroom is small. Do you need an office space? On entry to the washer and dryer? In an entry for dishwasher? If you’re the type to not make your bed in the morning, a closed room would be ideal to maintain your privacy. Do not neglect any track. Once found some addresses, go around the neighborhood, you may find some additional posters. Select apartments that seem to fit your needs and have a call pronto. You are not alone in seeking housing.

The visit

You have made ​​your choice, it is time to visit the apartment. Observe the environment. Will you be comfortable? Take your time. A quick visit can bring about a few disappointments, once the lease is signed. Examine housing. The windows open and close properly? The closet works well? Does the water has a slight rust color as it flows? Is there parking? Storage space? Who owns the window coverings, light fixtures? Talk to the owner. What elements are included? The excluded? Pets are welcome? Who pays for the electricity? Heating? Does it require a deposit? How? Also discuss with the tenants. What are the things they take with them? What are the required repairs, the problems encountered? Why do they move? Take agreement for moving day. You probably did not intend to put your furniture on the sidewalk waiting for the former occupants, little foresight, eventually leave.


Do not hesitate to go back to the tenants, especially if they seem welcoming. And learn. The owner is it too far, or slow as a snail? If broken, react quickly? He maintains the property or he leaves it all go, no money or interest. How easy is it to join? Take this opportunity to inform you neighbors: are they annoying, noisy? Although they should not make noise between 23 pm and 7 am, you’re probably not the taste of having a party every Thursday while working on Fridays. The building is it sound proof? You do not want to hear the conversations of your neighbors and “attend” their intimate lovemaking, or they know the frequency of your arguments and your sex. Travel around the area to locate local services (supermarket, convenience stores, commercial establishments, public procurement).

Before moving

Each move leads to unexpected disbursements. The painting: in Quebec, the owners are not required by the Act to pay for the paint, the more so if the unit was painted a year ago or two. And if the bright red color of the bedroom you dislike, you must go to a retailer of paint and pay a few dollars. However, if the paint is faded, the landlord will generally accept to give you a few gallons of paint to apply yourself. It is possible, however, it requires that you select a light color and neutral. It is possible that you arrive at your new home, missing light fixtures. This will be the owner to obtain. It is likely that you recover from the low-end items. You may need to dress your windows. And the curtains that you have will probably be too small or too large.

Additional expense! If you change your address, do not forget to forward your mail and inform the various service providers (electricity, telephone, Internet, cable). You probably want to pay for the electricity consumption of the tenants of your old home and find yourself in the dark, to your new address. You must also respect the tranquility of your immediate neighbors. Think of it. Obviously, you are responsible for the cleanliness, maintenance (minor) and housing security. You can change the vocation (turn it into commerce, for example). You also need to replace it in the same condition as you rented it. In short, once moved into your new home, be responsible and act in “good father”.