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  • Some rentals in Ontario do not require the signing of a lease; however, signing a lease with your landlord can guarantee stable rent prices for the defined time and also help protect your rental period
  • Many landlords in Ontario request first and last months’ rent deposits when you move in. It is not illegal in Ontario, whereas it may be so in other provinces
  • If you are going to rent/buy a condo unit, we recommend always asking to read the condo association’s rules and regulations so as to avoid any nasty surprises
  • Consider a real estate agent to assist you in finding an apartment/dwelling even if you are renting; their expertise can be very helpful



Keep ALL moving truck, gas, food, receipts and contracts.  You may claim moving expenses on your income taxes if you are moving >50 km closer to the Ottawa Hospital!!

  • If signing with a moving company, ensure you read through your contract carefully and that there is clear outline for broken items, missing items, delayed delivery
  • Keep all of your receipts including food receipts for your displacement
  • Consider additional insurance if not included in your moving contract


Know your rights!

Ontario Tenants: http://www.ontariotenants.ca/index.phtml

Landlord and tenant board: http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/

CLEO: http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/tenantsaccess


Your search! Websites to check out:

Padmapper: https://www.padmapper.com/

Craigslist: http://ottawa.craigslist.ca/

Kijiji: http://www.kijiji.ca/h-ottawa/1700185

Ottawa Real Estate: http://www.ottawarealestate.ca/

Grapevine: http://grapevine.ca/

Rent Board: http://www.rentboard.ca/

Realtor: https://www.realtor.ca/

Ottawa Real Estate Board: http://www2.ottawarealestate.org/home/default.htm

And of course consider listings from various real estate agencies for both rental and purchase!