What Should I Bring to a Rental Viewing?
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What Should I Bring to a Rental Viewing?

  1. Proof of all sources of income, include CCTB ( Canada Child Tax Benefit)
  2. Identification- Photo ID is preferred by most landlords
  3. 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.

Avoid bringing:

  • 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.

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