Renting an Apartment
When you apply for an apartment, the landlord may ask you for references, information about past landlords, permission to do a credit check, and for a co-signer. Have information about your rental history and income ready, and contacts for references. If you get the apartment, the landlord may ask you to pay last month's rent up front and sign a lease. Many landlords now ask for a deposit when people fill in the application for an apartment. If you get the apartment, the deposit becomes part of your payment for first month's or last month's rent. If you do not get the apartment, the landlord must return the deposit. If a landlord asks you for a deposit when you apply for an apartment, make sure you get a receipt, and ask for your deposit back right away if you do not get the apartment. If you have trouble getting your deposit back, contact the Kingston Community Legal Clinic ( www.kclc.ca )
Do a careful walk-through of the apartment, and ask about any repairs before you sign a lease. Make a list of any damages, have the landlord initial it and attach the list to the lease.