Friday December 6th, 2013
Apartments or houses are usually rented according to the number of bedrooms they have. A bachelor apartment is the smallest. It has a combined bedroom and living room, plus a kitchen and bathroom.
All apartments and houses must have a kitchen with a refrigerator and an oven. Sometimes utilities such as water, electricity (hydro) or gas (if used for heating) are included in the rent. You may have to pay extra for cable television and parking. Check to see how many vehicles you are allowed to park and how many plug-ins you have. (Cars have a block heater and must be heated in the winter or they may be damaged and will not start.)
Tenant: A person who lives in a place that is rented. Tenants may be responsible for upkeep of property both inside and out, including mowing lawns, etc. Check with the landlord BEFORE you move in.
Landlord: This is a person who owns the building and rents it out to people.
Caretaker: This is a person the landlord hires to keep an apartment building clean and to do repairs. He/She may be the person you talk to when you are looking for a place to live. In larger buildings this person may be called the Manager or Superintendent.
Rent: Rent is the money a tenant pays the landlord or caretaker every month. Be sure you know whom to pay rent to. It is best to pay by cheque made payable to the owner. Ask for a receipt for each payment.
Damage Deposit: This is money you pay a landlord before you move in. It pays for cleaning or repairs that must be done to the apartment or house after you move out. It usually equals half of one month’s rent. If you want to get your damage deposit back when you move out, you must:
Apartment: Many living units inside a large building, for rent only, usually by the month.
Condominium: Multiple unit buildings in which units can be purchased rather than rented.
Monthly fees cover services.
Duplex: One house with two parts suitable for two families.
Mobile Home or House Trailer: Units designed to be movable, usually located together in a “trailer park”, and may be rented or owned.
Single Family Dwellings: Individual house with yards, that may be rented or owned.
Townhouse: Attached row houses, rented or owned.
If you like an apartment or house, you may first have to complete an application form. The landlord or caretaker will consider all the applications they receive and then decide who will rent the apartment/house.
If your application is accepted you sign a tenancy agreement with the landlord. You agree to pay a certain amount of rent every month, and agree to certain living arrangements. Make sure you know:
The landlord may ask you to sign a lease. This means you must agree to live in the apartment/house for a certain period of time.
You should ask to fill out a condition report before you move in. This lists all the rooms and appliances in the apartment or house and also what condition they are in.
It is best for your own records to pay by cheque. You can pay your rent directly to the landlord or caretaker or at the office of the building superintendent. The landlord or caretaker will tell you where to pay rent when you move in. You should ask for a receipt for the rent you pay each month.
All agreements will specify how much advance notice you must give a landlord before you can move out.
If you are renting month-to-month you may have to give the landlord advance notice in writing, one or two months before you want to move out.
If you signed a lease you will have to stay until the lease period is finished, or sublet (rent) the apartment to another tenant. Subletting the apartment can be done only after the landlord approves.
Manitoba Housing Authority, 122-5th Avenue, Gimli, 642-6060
You may need to establish a credit rating in Canada before you can get a mortgage (loan for a home). With a mortgage, you must pay 10% to 25% in advance. A bank provides you with the loan for the rest of the cost.
In some cases, homes can be purchased with a 0-5% down payment. This is done with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 1-204-983-5600.
You can find houses or lots (land) for sale:
- www.propertysold.ca - www.mls.ca
- www.homesellcanada.com - www.interlake.mb.ca
- www.manitoba.house.info - Real Estate Canada
You will need to contact a lawyer when purchasing any property.
Before you build or renovate your home, you must make sure that your plans meet with building codes and zoning regulations. You can get the help of a building contractor or you can submit your plans and get a building permit from:
If you choose to purchase a mobile home, lots can be found for sale or for rent.