What Should I Bring to a Rental Viewing?
- Proof of all sources of income, include CCTB ( Canada Child Tax Benefit)
- Identification- Photo ID is preferred by most landlords
- Landlord Reference
Create a “Rental Application Information Package” with 5-10 copies of each of the 3 itemslisted above to hand out to landlords with your completed rental application. Bring a package to each viewing.
In addition you can also bring:
- Pen to complete applications.
- A co-signer if needed.
- A call back number where you can be reached.
- A Rental Promise Note for Landlord to complete if they should decide to rent to you during the viewing.
- A positive reason for which you are looking to secure new housing ie: my last place was overcrowded, I was staying with Family or friends and it was time to get my own place etc.
- A positive attitude.
- A person to accompany you who can act as a positive reference.
- Contact info of your Housing Support Worker, OW or ODSP worker.
- A plan for paying first and last month’s rent.
- Post dated checks.
- Too much personal information about yourself, such as details of your credit history, stories of negative housing experiences or current life struggles.
- Young Children, if it can be avoided.
- Cigarettes or clothing that smells of cigarettes.
- Evidence of Pets ie: pet hair or odors.
- People who may not make a good impression or who may have jeopardized your housing in the past.