Canada continues to be a popular destination for international students to pursue their studies. For those who are considering the transition, one critical aspect to consider is finding a place to live. Whether you opt for on-campus housing or off-campus rentals, it is crucial to know your housing rights as a tenant while studying in Canada. As an international student, comprehending these rights is essential.
For foreign students seeking accommodation, off-campus options are numerous. Short-term housing or rental properties are the most popular choices for singles, roommates, or families. A rental property can be an apartment, a single-family house, or a duplex/triplex. For international students, renting is a favorable choice as it is more cost-effective and usually leased yearly, and sometimes monthly, depending on the rental agreement. It is important to note that a lease, or rental agreement, is a legal contract between the tenant (renter) and the landlord (property owner).
What are my rights as a newcomer when finding a place to rent?
As an international student in Canada, you have certain rights when looking for a place to rent. Landlords can ask for work references or a credit check, but they cannot ask personal questions about your ethnicity, religion, or family. They cannot refuse to rent to you simply because you are new to Canada. A landlord is also not allowed to request more than the first and last month’s rent upon signing the lease. You can provide a bank statement or the name of a guarantor if you need to. If you need help with the rental process, there are on-campus advisors and newcomer settlement services available.
What are my rights and responsibilities as a tenant?
Before signing the lease agreement, review your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as those of the landlord. Make note of the monthly rent, when it is due, and any other restrictions. The landlord is responsible for keeping the rental property safe and in good condition, and must provide necessary amenities as stated in the lease. As a tenant, you must pay rent on time, keep the property well-maintained, and follow any additional rules. If the landlord fails to comply with their duties, contact the provincial landlord and tenant board.
Apply now to complete your post-secondary education at a top Canadian institution with affordable tuition rates. Canadian universities are accepting more international students than ever before. If you are interested in studying in Canada, complete our free online assessment and a member of the New Beginnings Immigration team will contact you to discuss your options.