That’s it, you take the plunge and come and settle in Quebec!
You have a lot of questions and don’t know where to start your search to find your rental. You’ve heard about Kijiji but you’re afraid of running out of time or running into dishonest people… Know that with the help of a real estate broker, you can access the apartment of your dreams without stress! He knows the neighbourhoods, the law and thinks about all the details that you might miss. Nicola Corbo-Tremblay, Real Estate Broker at Via Capitale du Mont-Royal, answers the questions you may have asked yourself.
How long does it take on average to find a rental in Quebec?
Normally, one week is enough. It is important to know that most leases start and end on July 1st, so there is a large number of units that become available in the previous month. Outside of this period, you can always find even if you need to allow more time. Note that Montreal is currently in a period of housing shortage, but with a good budget one can get out of it. Take the trouble to check the inclusions: you have access to a furnished or semi-furnished dwelling including appliances, which can make your arrival easier. Your broker will explain everything in detail.
Apart from Kijiji and Facebook groups, are there other ways to increase my chances of finding accommodation?
First of all, we advise you to prepare your file so that you are not caught off guard. A good broker can advise you in this regard. Consult the list of our brokers here. There are many advantages to calling on a professional to help you put together your file and advise you on the neighbourhoods and type of housing you need, all with peace of mind.
How do you know if the asked price for a rental is fair?
Our brokers can advise you on this level and detect abuses. All you have to do is compare market prices for properties with the same characteristics. Also think about the charges: if heating and electricity are included in the price, this may justify an increase. Conversely, find out how much the charges are if they are not included: paying them separately can increase the base price. To get an idea, you can ask for previous years’ bills or check the previous year’s consumption at Hydro Québec.
What can the landlord ask me before I sign the lease?
The landlord can do a credit check, but you have to agree. If you are a newcomer, you will not have a credit history to prove your creditworthiness. You may then be asked for proof of employment. Apart from this, the landlord may ask you for the following documents: identification and references from previous landlords. Find out more at the Régie du logement.
When signing the lease, what information must show?
The lease form of the Régie du logement is mandatory. All the requested information must be completed. After signing the lease you cannot change your mind, if you want to leave the accommodation earlier or later than planned, you will have to come to an agreement with the landlord as the lease is a closed contract.
For the slightest doubt, do not hesitate to ask for assistance from the Régie du logement.
If you have other questions that we have not covered in our article, please do not hesitate to contact us directly, our brokers will be happy to help you.
Did you know that? Via Capitale du Mont-Royal also offers properties for rent. Discover them here.