Finding Apartments in Toronto

If you are moving to Toronto or are moving within Toronto, finding apartments in Toronto can be a daunting task. To help make it easier and more efficient, consider the following tips:

  • Look on a variety of platforms; if you limit your search to one website or platform, you may miss out on great places. Consider a wide variety of platforms and include word of mouth, social media, and websites. This tactic helps ensure you access a wider variety of places, which is important in an expensive and limiting city such as Toronto.
  • What About Real Estate Agents; Did you know that if you are looking for a rental or an apartment real estate agents can help you create shortlists and set up appointments, and all without costing you a dime because the landlord who lists the property pays the commission
  • Try an On foot Search; If you have your mind set on a certain neighbourhood or area; walk around, look for signs that say ‘for rent’ that may not be listed online. In addition, make sure the neighbourhood is what you expected and fits your lifestyle. Consider the amenities, schools, proximity to work, friends, family, etc.
  • ASK QUESTIONS; Try and prepare questions beforehand that you may have right had off the top of your head. When and as you see the apartment, make sure you ask any questions that arise and address any issues that you see or that you discover. Be thorough, remember that you have to live here, make sure everything is in order.
  • Meet and Talk with the Landlord; get to know and gauge the landlord. If the landlord is extremely laid back and doesn’t ask for much other than your money, be wary, because this lack of thoroughness could be indicative of trouble. In addition, an overbearing landlord might be a problem as well.