Tenant rights and responsibilities - what to know before meeting a landlord

When you get to the point in your search for a rental property where you have to start meeting with landlords, it is important to know how to make a good impression so you can increase your chances of getting approved.

Take the following items to every property you visit

  • Writing utensil and copy of the Rental Unit Evaluation Worksheet.
  • A cheque if you need to give the landlord a deposit
  • A list of references from current and previous landlords as well as a written rental history
  • Credit references (you will most likely need to approve a credit check)
  • A list of any questions you have
  • Proof of your annual salary (recent pay stubs or a letter from your employer)
  • A copy of the Rental Unit Evaluation Worksheet and a Pen)

How to make a good first impression

  • Memorize the name and number of whoever your meeting is with
  • Dress appropriately (a button down shirt and pants is ideal)
  • Be respectful when you are asked questions
  • Look over your credit report before your landlord gets the chance to
  • Arrive on time
  • When you are being shown a rental unit, take your shoes off at the door
  • Respect the privacy of the current tenant if the unit is occupied