In addition to submitting a rental application (see sample form), landlords may ask you to provide references and documents that show you are responsible and have enough money to pay the rent.
In order to expedite your application process, we suggest having the following prepared before beginning your search:
The amount of two months’ rent as the landlord can legally ask you to pay first and last month’s rent when you sign a lease
A guarantor/co-signer, who is someone with a Canadian bank account who agrees to pay your rent in case you cannot or in case you leave the city or country
If you do not have a guarantor, you may wish to have letters from employers, scholarships, and other forms of income and/or a bank statement that demonstrates you have enough money to pay the rent for a few months
References: the names and contact information of people who know you and can confirm that you would be a responsible tenant – for example, former landlords or employers
Optional: Your credit report which indicates your credit score and any debts owed to others. See the slider below for key information about credit reports.