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  • Living in Residence: Advantages and Disadvantages

    If you are leaving home for the first time to go to school, you might be trying to decide if living in the school’s residence is for you or if you are going to look for an apartment. There are some significant differences that you should consider before making the choice that is right for you. Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of life in residence vs having an apartment. Advantages Meeting New People […]

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Before the Move

  • Creating a Budget

    Why create budget? It is easy to let spending get out of hand, an extra drink at the bar, splurging on a long weekend get away or indulging in the new iPad that you just don’t need. No one ever said you should count pennies but being smart about your money is always a good thing. Having a budget can mean finding a way to put money aside for an important purchase or creating a […]

  • Monthly Budget

    Calculate your monthly expenses with this tool.

  • Top 7 Ways to Find Moving Boxes for Free

    Making the decision not to purchase your moving cartons is an effective way to cut costs when moving to a new location. However, the process of locating them isn’t always convenient. Here are a few tips on how to quickly and easily obtain moving boxes, free of cost. 1: Ask around Do you know someone who has recently moved? Has a new family just moved into your neighbourhood? Chances are, they still have a number […]

  • Best Times to Apartment Hunt

    Spring (March- May) If you are apartment hunting in the spring, and want to have lots of choices, you are in luck! This a common time of the year for lease renewal so tenants are deciding whether or not they are staying in their apartment for another year or not and new apartment listings are popping up all the time. The weather is also becoming milder, making pounding the pavement more pleasant when visiting multiple […]

  • Choosing a building

    Choices of buildings when renting!

    Different types of buildings offer different advantages and disadvantages. Before you start looking, you might want to decide what type of building suits you best and what kind of rental accommodation you are looking for. High Rise Apartment Building Advantages An advantage of looking for an apartment in a high-rise building is that there are a lot to choose from. Many apartments for rent can be found in these buildings and can often offer great […]

  • Selecting Your New Apartment

    What are you looking for in your new apartment? When you start your apartment search, you are going to realize that there are hundreds of options on the market. In order to narrow down your search and make your apartment hunt as efficient as possible, there are a couple of factors you should consider before you begin. Thinking about these different aspects of your future home will help save time because you will easily be […]

  • Home Picker

    Use this tool to help you decide which home is right your you – Which home best meets your needs

  • Should I Move In With A Roommate?

    Sometimes when you are moving out for the first time or looking to decrease the cost of living in an apartment, finding a room mate can be a great option! There are however important considerations before making the choice to share your living space. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages to having a room mate! Advantages: Rent is Cheaper! In almost all cases, your monthly rent will be less expensive when you live […]

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    Canadian Citizens Living in the US

    Legal Work Applying for permission to study in the US can seem very confusing at first. Here are some important facts and tips to help your application process run as smoothly as possible! Canadian citizens do not need a Visa to study in the US. However, there are several other important documents that will be necessary for your studies. First, there is the I-20 form, the Certificate of Eligibility. Along with your acceptance package, your […]

  • Meeting Landlord

    Meeting Your Landlord For The First Time

    When meeting your new landlord for the first time, you will most likely be exchanging personal information, signing a lease and discussing specifics about move dates or building regulations. Make sure you go prepared and come out feeling confident about your interaction, even if it is your first move! Here are some key tips and tricks to follow: 1. Try to visit the apartment with your new landlord Meeting your landlord at your new apartment […]

  • Scheduler

    This tool helps you plan and schedule each step of your move.

  • Furnished vs unfurnished apartments

    One of the decisions you may need to make when looking for an apartment, condo or home is whether or not you want your new home to come already furnished. The majority of apartments are not furnished when you move in, but there are some advantages and disadvantages to consider if the apartment you are looking at is furnished. Advantages: Cost savings If you don’t have any furniture at all, furnishing a whole apartment can […]

  • Insuring Your Apartment

    Do you need insurance for your apartment? The short answer is yes. Why Get Insurance? Although landlords will have insurance for the property or for liability, as a tenant it is still important to get renters’ insurance. Renters’ insurance will protect all of your personal belongings within your home in the case of theft, a fire or flooding. Depending on the coverage you purchase, renters’ insurance can also protect you against a guest who injures […]

  • Renting in Alberta

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No.  However, if you (the tenant) choose to present a signed agreement to the landlord, he or she must sign it and return it within 21 days.  The 21-day period begins when you sign the agreement, and you may withhold payment until the agreement is signed and returned to you. Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment: Periodic […]

  • Renting in NWT

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. A tenancy agreement may be written, verbal or implied, though a written tenancy agreement is recommended.  Most landlords use written agreements. Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment: Periodic Lease: the rental period can relate to a calendar week, month, or year Fixed Term Lease: lease of predetermined period Is a signed move in/move out condition report […]

  • Renting in British Columbia

    Do I need to a sign lease or tenancy agreement? Yes. A landlord is obligated to give the tenant a copy of the tenancy agreement within 21 days of signing. Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment Periodic Lease: the rental period can relate to a calendar week, month, or year Fixed Term Lease: lease of predetermined period. *Note that most tenancies in BC are month-to-month. Is a […]

  • Renting in Manitoba

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No.  However, if the agreement is a written one, both tenant and landlord must sign it and the landlord must give the tenant a copy of the agreement within 21 days after the tenant has signed it. Tenants who haven’t received a copy of their lease may contact the Residential Tenancies Branch – (Winnipeg Office): Telephone: (204) 945-2476 Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-800-782-8403 FAX: (204) […]

  • Renting in New Brunswick

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? Yes. Two copies of a standardized lease, called the Residential Lease, must be signed by both the landlord and tenant for all tenancies. In situations where the landlord and tenant did not sign the required Residential Lease, its terms will still apply to the tenancy and the tenancy will have a month-to-month term. Residential Lease forms are available online at the Service New Brunswick website: […]

  • Renting in Yukon

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No, it may be written or oral, express or implied. However, where a tenancy agreement in writing is executed by a tenant and delivered to the landlord, the latter shall ensure that a fully executed duplicate original copy of the tenancy agreement is delivered to the tenant within 21 days. Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment: A […]

  • Renting in Nunavut

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. A tenancy agreement may be written, verbal, or implied. A written tenancy agreement is recommended, but the law does not require it. Most landlords use written agreements. Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment: Periodic Lease: the rental period can relate to a calendar week, month, or year Fixed Term Lease: lease of predetermined period Is a […]

  • Renting in Newfoundland & Labrador

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. A verbal agreement is binding; however, a signed written lease form is recommended. Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment: Week-to-week Month-to-month A fixed term of not less than 6 months and not more than 12 months Is a signed move in/move out condition report required? No. A checklist is recommended, but is not mandatory. The following […]

  • Renting in Nova Scotia

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. However, if a written lease exists, it must include elements of a prescribed lease outlined in the regulations. Without a lease, the landlord-tenant relationship is still guided by the standard terms of the prescribed lease. A written-agreement form is available online by the Government of Nova Scotia: http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/pdf/ans-residential-tenancies-standard-form-lease.pdf Types of rental periods, which determine how long you can stay in the apartment: Periodic Lease: […]

  • Renting in Ontario

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. However, if the tenancy agreement is not in writing, the tenant must be provided with written notice of the legal name and address of the landlord for the purpose of giving notice or delivering other documents. The landlord must provide the tenant with this information within 21 days after the tenancy begins. If the landlord fails to provide the required information, the tenant’s obligation […]

  • Renting in PEI

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. A verbal agreement can still be binding. However, where a written rental agreement exists, there are a number of requirements: The landlord must provide the tenant with a full copy of that agreement within 21 days of the date that the agreement was signed. If the landlord does not provide the tenant with a copy of the written agreement, the tenant is not bound […]

  • Renting in Quebec

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? No. However, if written, the applicable lease form of the Régie du logement must be used. In the case of an oral lease, the landlord must give the tenant a form entitled “Mandatory Writing” within 10 days of the agreement. This form is sold at the offices of the Régie du logement and Quebec bookstores; it is not available online. Types of rental periods, which […]

  • Renting in Saskatchewan

    Do I need to sign a lease or tenancy agreement? This depends on the choice of rental period, which can be periodic, fixed, or any other term. Periodic lease: one is not required to sign a lease or tenancy agreement. A fixed term lease of more than 3 months: must be in writing. If the rental agreement is written, the landlord must give a signed copy to the tenant within 20 days of when the […]

  • First Move Checklist

    A checklist to help you remember what to pack during your first move.

  • Expense Tracker

    Use ”Expense Tracker” Tool to Budget for Your Move

    You may want to move, you may have to move. Either way there are costs associated with a move. The costs will vary depending on whether you are ”doing it yourself” or moving with professionals, whether you are moving locally or across the country, and whether you are moving alone or with a family. This list will help you determine what costs you might incur. Use the ”Expense Tracker” Tool to keep track of those […]

  • Expense Tracker

    Calculate the cost of you move with this handy tool.

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    Moving from the US to Quebec as an Undergraduate Student

    Legal Work In order for American citizens and permanent residents to study as an undergraduate student in Quebec, there are two necessary documents to be obtained. The first is a Certificate of Acceptance from Quebec (CAQ), and the second is a Study Permit. The following will detail the individual procedures for applying for the two, respectively. CAQ This is applied for in two parts, first online and then through mail. Be sure to plan ahead […]

During the Move

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    How do I pack my belongings?

    Assuming you decided to pack your own belongings, this article will help you with a step-by-step plan to tackle this big step. Careful planning and packing will save you time, money and potentially a lot of frustration. Step 1 – What stays and what goes? Decide what will move with you and what will stay behind. There may be items that you no longer need or want. As soon as you have made those decisions, […]

  • Renting a Moving Truck

    How to Rent a Moving Truck

    This article has been written to teach you all you need to know to rent your own moving van, truck, or trailer. As with any aspect of moving, it is best to answer a few basic questions before researching prices.  We suggest you start the exercise by asking yourself the following few questions: Where are you going? If you are only moving across town, most rental agencies will accommodate your needs.  However, if you are […]

  • Do It Yourself Tips for Painting Your New Place

    When you move into your new apartment you may want to revive your rooms with a fresh coat of paint. Even if it is just a coat of crisp white paint, it can make your apartment look brighter and new. Depending on the current conditions of the walls when you move in, your landlord may take on the responsibility of painting for you, but if not, here are some things to know if you are […]

  • How to Furnish Your New Apartment

    Take Inventory Before you start to furnish your new apartment, make sure you know exactly what you need. You don’t want to spend money on purchases you don’t really need or already have, especially if you are running on a tight budget. Your inventory of things for your new home may include items that friends or family no longer need and are willing to donate so keep this in mind. Use our ”First Move Checklist” […]

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After the Move

  • Tips For Moving In With a Roommate

    Moving in with someone is a big deal whether they are a best friend, acquaintance, boyfriend or someone completely new! There are some key things to know about your new roommate before you move in that will help things go smoothly and make sure you don’t have any surprises! Communication is Key It is very easy to make assumptions about what your roommate was thinking when they left wet laundry in the wash or forgot […]

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    Keeping your home cool

    If you don’t have air conditioning or if you just want to keep your electricity bill down this summer, here are some ways to battle the heat in your home. Curtains Keeping your curtains closed, especially during mid day hours, keeps the hot sun out and the cool air inside. Make sure that you close them before leaving for work in the morning. Having light coloured curtains will attract the sun even less. Lights Leaving […]

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    Moving from one province to another – What you need to know!

    Moving can be overwhelming, with a seemingly endless list of things to worry about even if you are just going around the block. Don’t know where to start? For a handy list of activities and their timing, consult our Scheduler and just follow along. So if you are moving out of the province does that make it even harder? Not really! But there are a few more organizations to contact. The main issue with changing […]

  • Resolving Conflicts With Neighbours

    How to resolve conflict effectively Whether you are living in a house, small complex or large apartment building, you will always have neighbours. Good relationships with your neighbours can mean the difference between having someone reliable to pick up your mail while you are away and having to listen to music blare until the wee hours of the morning. When you have a neighbour that does something repeatedly annoying or disrupts the quality of your […]

  • House Warming

    Throwing a house warming party

    Throwing a house warming party to show off your new place is a great idea! Here are a couple of tips and tricks to make sure that your party is a success. Let people know ahead of time Give your friends and family enough time to book your event in their calendars, this way you can ensure that you will have a full house and less people are likely to already have a prior engagement. […]

  • Getting to Know Your New Neighbourhood

    Whether you are moving to a whole new city or just a new neighborhood, its never easy! The faster you get to know your new neighbourhood, the sooner you will feel at home again. There are a couple of ways you can get to know your new surroundings. Here are some of our favorites! Maps and guidebooks Although you might think a guidebook is for tourists, you would be surprised how helpful these can be […]

  • Easy Ways to Save

    Cutting costs is not easy and can be frustrating if you are trying to save up for something special. Maybe you want to put money aside for a trip, school, a big purchase or just create a security blanket in the bank in case of emergency. Regardless of your reason to save, here are some great ways to make it happen! Create a Budget Creating a budget is the first step to saving. Knowing where […]

  • Conflicts With Your Landlord

    How to Deal with Disagreements There are many different reasons why a conflict might arise between you and your landlord, but there are also many different things that you can do to make sure that the end result of any disagreement or dispute ends in your favor Here are some common reasons for disputes between a landlord and tenant: Late rent payments Repairs Property Damage Discrimination All of these situations can be touchy or provoke […]

  • Exchanging Gifts With Your Roommate

    Whether you have been living with your roommate for a while and are best friends or don’t know each other well at all, you should talk about gift giving! The last thing you want is for one of you to give a gift around the holidays and the other be embarrassingly empty handed. There are a couple of simple things to talk about that can help avoid any awkward situations. Are you going to exchange […]

  • How to Cancel a Lease

    You are thinking of moving but you don’t know how to terminate your lease?  Here are a few steps to get you started. You will want to keep in mind that specific requirements vary by province.  Once you are ready for the specifics, refer to our links by province. Step 1 – Review Your Lease Take a close look at your “lease agreement” or “tenancy agreement”. Reviewthe section dealing with cancellation.  Leases are not always […]

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    Cancelling My Lease in Quebec

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in British Columbia

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract.  Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord.  The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in Manitoba

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract.  Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord.  The best way for you to do […]

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    Cancelling My Lease in Nunavut

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling my Lease in Alberta

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

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    Cancelling My Lease in Yukon

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in Ontario

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in Saskatchewan

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in PEI

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

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    Cancelling My Lease in Nova Scotia

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

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    Cancelling My Lease in Newfoundland & Labrador

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in New Brunswick

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Cancelling My Lease in North West Territories

    Leases are a binding contract between a tenant and a landlord and breaking a lease is a breach of this contract. Despite this breach, you may find yourself with a valid reason for needing to break your lease – such as moving to another city. If you are in this situation, we want to help you try to avoid – or at least minimize- penalties from your landlord. The best way for you to do […]

  • Health Care Insurance in each province

    When moving from one province to another, you must apply for your Health Card as soon as possible, as most provinces or territorial government have a three month waiting period to qualify. Having a Health Card will give you access to insured health care services in your new province or territory. The following provincial and territorial web sites will give you details about application procedures: Province Health Care Links Alberta http://www.health.alberta.ca/ Alberta Health Care Insurance […]

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