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Created on 16 Feb 2016
Are you moving to Ottawa or visiting for the first time? The Capital of Canada has plenty to offer those looking for cultural sites, fantastic dining, and evening entertainment. The city is a fantasti read more
Created on 5 Jan 2016
With the new year, many renters start thinking about the coming year and many start searching for a new apartment in anticipation. Moving to a new place is an exciting milestone — but it’s also a read more
Created on 18 Sep 2015
Whether you’re going to university for the first year this fall or heading back to school for your second or third year, you can never be too prepared.  As summer draws to a close, it’s time to s read more
Created on 12 Jun 2015
Unless you’re staying with family, finding a place to live will be one of your top concerns when you first make the move to Canada. Buying a house or condominium of your own might be out of reach in read more
Created on 5 Jun 2015
Living in Canada often means dealing with an overwhelming urge to break out of doors and enjoy the warm weather — once it finally arrives. It’s understandable; we often endure six or more months o read more
Created on 24 Apr 2015
If you’ve got a great job and you’re looking to put down roots, buying a home is always a great investment, no matter if a bear or bull market rules the day. And lovely Kingston, Ontario is certai read more
Created on 18 Apr 2015
If you want all the opportunities, safety, scenery, and fun of Calgary, but you want to be right at the very heart of the city’s youthful pulse, then consider a move to the hip, urban neighbourhood read more
Created on 14 Apr 2015
If you’ve lived in Toronto for years, you know how hard it is to imagine finding a home anywhere else in the country. TO’s the absolute heart of Canadian business and high powered economics, dynam read more
Created on 27 Mar 2015
If you’re not willing to dish out the big bucks for professional movers, you’ve got to turn to your friends and family members to give you a hand on moving day. Helping a pal lug boxes, bags, and read more
Created on 20 Mar 2015
Finding the perfect apartment in big Canadian cities such as Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal can be a major hassle if you don’t know where to look or what you’re doing. read more
Created on 13 Mar 2015
Sometimes a new apartment can look so great, have the ideal location, and seem to fall right within our budgets that we let our excitement get the better of us. In our zeal to grab the ‘perfect’ p read more
Created on 27 Feb 2015
Western Canada epitomizes the Canadian spirit. The natural wonder of the landscapes and scenery are simply awe inspiring, filled with cold, snowy winters (perfect for snow sports) and bright and sunny read more
Created on 21 Jan 2015
Apartment hunting in the wintertime can feel like an impossible task. With the frigid temperatures and the snow-covered properties, it’s difficult to get a feel for what an apartment building is read more
Created on 20 Oct 2014
If you’re like us, you’re not a huge fan of cleaning – especially those big jobs that seem to take up your entire Saturday. Thankfully, there are a number of “hacks” you read more
Created on 15 Sep 2014
We all know about spring cleaning, but what about fall cleaning? Before the snow falls, take some time to deep clean your apartment and prepare for the winter ahead. We’re talking about the area read more
Created on 14 Apr 2014
Whether you’re a student that wants to share a space with multiple roommates to save money or you’re a family with small children who simply want more room, finding a great home rental tha read more
Created on 7 Apr 2014
Whether you’re a property manager or a renter, knowing your rights and responsibilities when it comes to your apartment is extremely important. While it’s not reasonable or expected for ev read more
Created on 8 Jan 2014
The recent extended power outages in the Greater Toronto Area over the holidays had us all scrambling to stay warm. Bathing, preparing meals and finding ways to pass the time were also difficult (if n read more
Created on 2 Jan 2014
The temperatures are dropping, the holiday lights and decorations are going up, and the sun sets earlier every day. This adds up to one inevitable conclusion – winter is coming. For property man read more
Created on 27 Dec 2013
Now that the holiday season is in full-swing, it’s time to talk parties. Apartment dwellers may feel that they cannot be the host of a holiday shindig due to lack of space, but that does not hav read more
Created on 11 Dec 2013
Keeping your apartment tidy and organized can be an annoying, time consuming chore for little gain, but by approaching it differently and using some of the tips outlined here it can also be a stress r read more
Created on 15 Oct 2013
If you’re like us, you are looking forward to Halloween with child-like glee. It’s the one night a year when we get to dress up like someone (or something) else and really let our creativi read more
Created on 16 Sep 2013
If you’re like many students across Canada who have moved away from home to attend college and university, you’re probably living with roommates for the first time. Everything seems idyllic until read more
Created on 26 Aug 2013
Dreading your upcoming move to your new rental apartment because you just don’t know how you’ll handle the added stress of calming the anxieties of your children and entertaining your pets? Don’ read more
Created on 6 Aug 2013
Whether you’re moving into a rental apartment for the first time or you’re just simply looking to save some of your hard-earned cash, there are ways that you can reduce the amount you spend on fur read more
Created on 24 Jun 2013
If you’re new to the rental market, you may feel overwhelmed with the options available to you. Online listings offer a variety of rental situations – all-inclusive, furnished, unfurnished (with o read more
Created on 10 Jun 2013
A rental application is an important document for both renters and landlords. For renters, it gives you the opportunity to paint an accurate picture of yourself that will assist you in landing the apa read more
Created on 4 Jun 2013
Ah, running your own business from home. In the current economic climate, it seems like a dream come true. Roll out of bed whenever you want? Check. Wear pyjamas to the office? Check. Not worrying abo read more
Created on 1 May 2013
Finding room for all of your possessions can be a challenge if you are living in a smaller apartment. If purging a lot of the things you own is not something that you want to do (or even putting many read more
Created on 18 Apr 2013
So you’ve decided that it’s time to move out and rent your own apartment – congratulations! read more
Created on 12 Apr 2013
One bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom…or more? What about dens, enclosed balconies and extra bathrooms? With so many apartment sizes to choose from these days, it can be difficult to determine whi read more
Created on 13 Mar 2013
One of the unfortunate side effects that sometimes coincides with living in an apartment building is having to deal with an unpleasant or rude neighbour. Whether they play loud music well into the nig read more
Created on 4 Mar 2013
If you are lucky, you’ll soon be escaping the cold, Canadian winter for a week-long tropical vacation. According to Stats Canada, 74% of Canadian adults (18 million people) take vacations that last read more
Created on 25 Feb 2013
Canadians are now fully entrenched in the long, dark winter days. The holiday season is over and the countdown to spring has officially begun. Winter can feel depressing, so why not spruce up your apa read more
Created on 31 Jan 2013
The cold weather is here! In fact, The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a much colder than usual winter for Canada with above-average snowfall. While the Almanac is not an exact science, it is general read more
Created on 9 Jan 2013
Cooking is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. Making a meal for yourself and your family can be fun (but also challenging when it comes to cooking in a rental apartment). read more
Created on 2 Jan 2013
Moving is a fact of life, and we sometimes must do it during the winter months. There are a few extra steps you will need to take when moving apartments in the winter that you would not have to do dur read more
Created on 24 Dec 2012
Winter etiquette? Yes, that is a thing! The cooler, darker months require us to adapt and ensure we are taking some different steps than normal to be courteous to our fellow residents. The days may fe read more
Created on 11 Dec 2012
The cooler temperatures and flakes of snow can only mean one thing – the holidays have officially arrived. Whether you like to go all-out or simply put up a few festive items, decorating your rental read more
Created on 3 Dec 2012
Ah, apartment repairs. No matter how new your rental apartment is, eventually something will break down and need to be fixed. According to Canadian Census data, 49% of single Torontonians live in apar read more
Created on 23 Nov 2012
We all try to make more environmentally-conscience choices, whether we walk to work instead of drive or recycle all of our paper and plastic products. But what about cleaning our apartment rentals? Ma read more
Created on 8 Nov 2012
If you are like many of us who rent apartments, you probably don’t think about renters / tenant insurance. After all, you don’t own the apartment – why would you need insurance for it? It’s im read more
Created on 30 Oct 2012
When it comes to renting an apartment, many of us focus on renter rights – and with good reason! Your rights as renters are very important and the Residential Tenancies Act secures your right to liv read more
Created on 11 Oct 2012
The month of goblins and ghouls is upon us! Just because you live in an apartment complex certainly does not mean you are unable to enjoy all that Halloween has to offer. With a little planning (and e read more
Created on 24 Sep 2012
When we think of affordable furniture, the first thing that comes to mind is IKEA. While the Swedish giant is a great option, sometimes you crave something a little more unique when it comes to deckin read more
Created on 7 Sep 2012
With burglary accounting for a chunk of all property crime, make sure to protect yourself and your apartment building from becoming a target. If you are like many people, you may not consider your per read more
Created on 31 Aug 2012
According to the Ministry of Labour, the risk of fire is one of the greatest threats to health and safety, property and the delivery of essential services. Statistics from the Canada Mortgage and Hous read more
Created on 7 Aug 2012
The Dos and Don’ts of Subletting: Subletting is the process of renting out your rental apartment / home or just a room in your rental home. The process of going about this can feel like an impossibl read more
Created on 11 Jul 2012
The summer’s sweltering, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your apartment cool. Here are some ways to turn down the heat without breaking the bank. Keeping cool in the summer can seem like an read more
Created on 11 Jun 2012
Pet ownership is one of the greatest joys in life and can actually contribute greatly to your well-being. In fact, a 2001 study by Dr. Aaron Katcher of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Patricia read more
Created on 3 Jun 2012
Have you ever overlooked a potential apartment rental due to lack of storage? With apartment units and condo suites getting smaller and smaller to accommodate a growing need for accommodation, storage read more
Created on 17 Apr 2012
Kicking the Cramp: Make the most of even the smallest apartment unit Decorating a small apartment can seem like a challenge, especially if you’re limited by stringent rental rules. The goal is to ke read more
Created on 16 Nov 2011
We’ve all been there: the bachelor apartment, the junior one bedroom apartment, the couch crash… Living in a small space is a rite of passage for most city dwellers whether it’s stud read more
Created on 1 Nov 2011
Turning up the Heat on Fire Safety in Your Rental Apartment An astonishing number of Canadians in rental apartments across the country are affected every year in fires, whether accidental or electrica read more
Created on 26 Sep 2011
The Ups and Downs of renting an apartment in Downtown If you’ve been looking to move into a new apartment and have always wondered if you should look for a location in the downtown district or in th read more
Created on 25 Aug 2011
Searching for an apartment to rent in large cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, and cities across Canada becomes slightly more complicated when you have children. As a parent you want to carefully read more
Created on 12 Aug 2011
Social Media in Modern Times Social media sites and online forums were created for groups of people who share a common idea, to be able to gather and talk about what interests them in one convenient a read more
Created on 31 Jul 2011
If you are just beginning to search for an apartment for rent, you might be realizing that it is not as easy as it seemed. What started off as a simple, “Oh we just need a 2 bedroom next to the read more
Created on 11 Apr 2011
If you’re searching for an apartment and you don’t know what you need to expedite and approve your application process, below is a short list we’ve compiled to help. It pays to be prepar read more
Created on 16 Mar 2011
With so many websites to list apartments for rent online these days, we felt we needed to add something a little unique. A website that not only offers great search features for apartment rentals, but read more
Created on 27 Aug 2010
Bed Bugs Plague Don’t only Plague Toronto Apartment Rentals read more
Created on 29 Jun 2010
If you’re a Landlord or you are Renting in Ontario, it’s worth becoming familiar with the RTA – Residential Tenancies Act. The act, created in 2006, covers most Ontario residential r read more
Created on 15 Jun 2010
While renters insurance is not required by law, many Landlords may require it for rental properties – and it is wise to have. Also, renters insurance covers personal belongings which can add up read more
Created on 8 Jun 2010
It is all dependent on the location (not always does the Landlord have full influence over this). Many Landlords have applied to have buildings sub metered to pass on the energy costs to the residents read more
Created on 1 Jun 2010
When applying for a rental apartment, the following are just some requirements many Landlords have: read more
Created on 25 May 2010
Inspecting a rental unit could save you from future unnecessary worries. read more
Created on 18 May 2010
Many people underestimate the benefits of living near, and / or using public transportation. Apartments for rent in Toronto are often very close to public transportation. You’d be surprised at where read more
Created on 27 Apr 2010
Power outages and other emergencies call for preparedness, especially in rentals. Keep the essential items in a kitchen drawer so they can be found when the power is out. read more
Created on 20 Apr 2010
Just a few years ago the best outlet protectors were small plastic pieces that were inserted directly into the outlet. The latest variety replaces your outlet’s face plate. read more
Created on 13 Apr 2010
To protect you personal belongings through a move and remember where your items were arranged in your rental apartment, pictures will help you remember the condition and where everything belongs. read more
Created on 6 Apr 2010
Take the measurements of each room in your rental apartment, which will allow you to create a floor plan to figure out what you can fit and purchase and arrange furniture placement ahead of time. read more
Created on 30 Mar 2010
Now is the time to flip through your binder full of home design tear sheets and start bookmarking your favorite designs to design your rental apartment. Does interior design not come to you naturally? read more
Created on 23 Mar 2010
Here are just a few tips: Beware if the “Landlord” will only accept cash for the deposit. They won’t want a check as it is too easy to trace. If the monthly rental price seems too lo read more