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    Default Moving Out On Your Own (first time)

    So I'm 24, just graduated college, am in the midst of trying to secure a job in my field and I'm looking forward to the next step - moving out. I've never seriously rented before, so I'm looking to you guys for advice on the typical procedures/do's and dont's/what to knows of apartment hunting/living.

    Things of interest:

    - I live in Canada and am looking to move to downtown Toronto
    - I am not interested in roommates of any kind
    - I'm not considering basement apartments. Only high-rise, duplex, triplex, etc.

    Sites I use to browse:

    - Viewit
    - Kijiji

    All advice/experience is appreciated
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    I want to know the types of questions i should be asking when I'm scouting an apartment for the first time. I have some general ideas in mind, but I didn't want to miss anything important.
    a little less conversation, a little more action please
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    Keep in mind, I have no idea what renting an apartment in Canada is like, what are the laws concerning lease agreements and what are the legal ways of protecting yourself as a person who rents an apartment. Might be a good idea to find that out.

    Read the lease agreement very thoroughly through. Make sure the details are in place, what are the specific responsibilities of yourself/the owner/the person renting the place out, what is included in rent, how things work in the building and things like that.

    When it comes to apartment hunting, I usually just did loads of research beforehand online. Whether I'm ok with the location, is it easily accessible/near places of particular interest/use to me, what is the neighbourhood like, what the overall state of the building and the apartment is, whether there have been recent renovations or plans for renovations in the near future for the whole building; whether what I'm getting for the amount of money is a good deal or if I were to pay a little extra somewhere else means that I could get a better deal and details like that.

    I looked at the online ads (only from sites specializing in real estate) very carefully but I only made an appointment to see the ones that were at the top of my list, the places that appealed to me the most and knew I could afford them after doing my research. Of course I had to see the place to get the overall idea and feel of it, but I didn't find it necessary to go see lots of places and overwhelm myself. But that's just me, the times when I've rented apartments or bought them, I ended up taking the first ones I went to see, the ones I wanted the most due to the extensive research. I can understand if others feel the need to see multiple places and make up their mind that way.

    Good luck with everything!

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    if available in your area check out Craigslist.com. Go for fresh/new listings.

    When you get a place assume that whatever rental deposit you post the landlord with try and sceme out of you when you move out (if not sue you for more). If they don't thats cool but regardless, don't count on getting it back.

    As well as the home/apartment similarly hunt for a good landlord. Get their name and check out the court records for any lawsuits they may have had in their landlord capacity.

    Take a wittiness and have them take digital pictures and video of the condition of the property when you moved in. Email them a copy to preserve time stamp of date taken. Do the same thing when you move out.

    In general...as a rule of thumb...I think longer term leases benefit the lessee more than the lessor and thus personally choose to go that route. I personally, never had a problem breaking a lease when I produced another to take over the remainder of the lease.
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    never believe the photos....

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    Well, a good idea is to bring your cloths with you the day you move in, so you don't have to go to work in a jogging suit. That was about the only snag I ran into myself.
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    ask about bedbugs. as far as I know they aren't allowed to lie about it. I'm guessing it will come up in a lot of apartments from time to time, but you want to know that they're treating it properly when it comes up, not just spraying single apartments which does nothing and leads to a chronic problem.

    source: WAY too much personal experience.

    You'll also want something near the subways if you can at all manage it, which you probably already know.

    Craiglist is arguably the most standard place to apt-hunt, so you're missing out if you don't look there.

    You probably need less space than you think you do. Apts are expensive in downtown Toronto, and obviously that increases with size.

    I'd probably ask how they respond to things like necessary repairs, if you're talking to the previous tenant. If you're talking to the landlord they'll probably assure you that they're perfection, so who knows.
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    Typically how much rent do you guys have saved up before you move into a new place? I know most require first/last, but it would make sense to have a safety net of something right? 3 months worth? 4? *such a n00b*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malice View Post
    Typically how much rent do you guys have saved up before you move into a new place? I know most require first/last, but it would make sense to have a safety net of something right? 3 months worth? 4? *such a n00b*
    Assuming you need to furnish your place, I'd save up for at least that.
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