Before Meeting the Landlord
When the time comes to meet a landlord, take care to make a good first impression. Being prepared and following these tips should help.
When Visiting a Property, Come Prepared with:
- A pen and a copy of the Rental Unit Evaluation Worksheet.
- A cheque to leave a deposit.
- Your rental history and appropriate references from current and previous landlords.
- Credit references (and be ready to approve a credit check).
- Guarantor information (if applicable).
- A letter from your current employer stating your annual salary and length of employment or a recent pay stub and contact information.
- Your list of questions.
- Information about your pets, if applicable.
Making a First Impression:
- Know the name and direct telephone number of the person you will be meeting.
- Go to your interview alone unless you are renting with a spouse or roommate.
- Dress neatly and arrive on time.
- Respect the current tenant's privacy if the apartment is occupied.
- Review your credit report before the landlord does.
- You never know when you might meet a potential landlord. As you tour neighbourhoods and buildings, be prepared for spontaneous meetings.
- Courtesy tip: when viewing a rental unit, take your shoes off at the door.