Best House Rental Sites Toronto

In this article, we’re going to look at the best house rental sites in Toronto.

Apartment rentals in Toronto are a lot easier to find when you know where to look. While Craigslist and Kijiji should be on every renter’s list, there are other good options too.

PadMapper
The intuitive map-based design helps when your apartment search is neighbourhood-driven. Similar to View It, this site allows you to filter by the number of rooms, price, and accommodation type.

Toronto Rentals
This site lets you search by price range, property type, bedrooms, bathrooms, furnished/unfurnished, and even pet-friendliness. You can browse hundreds of units by list or map format.

Walk Score
Using Walk Score, you can search apartments by commute times, walk score, distance from public transit and desired neighbourhoods.

Rent Seeker
Not only does the Rent Seeker show you the average rent for different types of units in Toronto, but it also highlights three property details of each unit as you search. You can browse through photos, floor plans, and other information.

4Rent
Browse different units around the city through either their list view or map view. You can save units you like and read through their tenant tips which is great for first-time renters.

Rentals.ca
Search for thousands of apartments by city, neighbourhood or even a specific address. From there you can filter rent, number of beds, and if pets are welcome.

View It
Enabling the savvy apartment-seeker to search by rental company, neighbourhood, price, and preferred type of residence makes this website an easy online option. Most listings come with photos, and the site allows you to save queries and receive email notifications.

Casalova
Search hundreds of Toronto condo listings available through this website. Narrow down your search by selecting your budget, size, and availability date.

Condos.ca
For those looking to rent a condo, this website can help you narrow down your hunt by allowing you to draw your desired area and searching for a unit within its location. The website is free to browse as long as you sign up. Condos.ca lets you filter your search by allowing you to draw your desired area and then search for a rental condo within the chosen location. There are many additional search filters such as minimum parking, locker, balcony, furnished, building age and some more. You can even sort your search by buildings. They have some handy analytics on the website.

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Realtors
If you’re condo hunting with a realtor, chances are they’ve guided you to this website. Find your dream home by narrowing down your search with preferences of budget, bedrooms, bathrooms and number of days on the market.

RentWell.ca
Toronto has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada. If you are looking for a house for rent in Toronto, the chances are that you must be hassled and baffled. However, a great website can make your search for Toronto rentals much more straightforward. You can narrow your search based on size, the number of locations, locations or other features. Apartment search websites can help save a lot of time and effort by narrowing down your search based on your exact needs. So, if you are looking for best websites to list your apartment for rent or looking for a rental house in Toronto, these are the best websites to check out for Toronto rentals.

Gottarent.com
GottaRent is owned by the same company that owns Toronto.com and Toronto star. You can search for Toronto rentals by price, bedrooms, and property type and based on a variety of other features and whether a property is near amenities such as schools and parks.

ApartmentLove.com
This website lets you search for properties near any location, workplace, school or point of interest. You can filter the search results by bedrooms, price, whether a property is pet-friendly, smoking or non-smoking, or selecting specific property management firms.

Kijiji.ca
Kijiji is a well-known and recognized classified site that helps you sell everything from pets to second-hand cars. Many independent landlords list their apartments on Kijiji because of this familiarity. In recent times, the site has made conscious efforts to make the site easier to use. However, as it is not a specialized rental website, you may not find the advanced search tools that other websites offer. Also, you should read through the listings carefully to avoid any scams.

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Look beyond the newest condos.

Check out older buildings.
Condo listings are a dime a dozen in Toronto. But those glass towers are often built after 1991, which means they’re not subject to rent control like older buildings — which could lead to higher initial rent, or a nasty surprise increase later.

To get more bang for your buck, it’s worth trying older buildings — like low-rise apartments — instead.

A bonus? Older homes and apartment buildings are often owned by “career landlords” who actively maintain the building.

Or try almost-finished ones.
On the flip side, renting a unit from a brand new building that’s not even finished yet could also lead to a deal.

Toronto renter Ben Singer lives in a “pretty nice place” at St. Clair Avenue West and Avenue Road for under-market rent. He says that’s partly because he moved into the condo before it had the promised amenities and retail outlets.

“When I moved in, it was not exactly all finished — there was no LCBO, there was no Longo’s — but I’m currently paying the early move-in rent and have the amenities one would be paying a lot more for,” he says.

While Singer is paying $1,400 a month for his one-bedroom, the average rent for similar units in the building is now upwards of $1,700, he says. (His rent could eventually go up because there’s no rent control, of course.)

“It was worth putting up with a fair bit of construction,” he adds.

Use a real estate agent.
Singer also swears by the real estate agent who did all the legwork. And he didn’t have to pay a penny for the service — the fees are paid by whoever is trying to rent out their unit.

“(Real estate agents) have the capacity to filter out a lot of stuff and save you a lot of time,” Singer says.

Ana Yavari, who’s also renting right now in Toronto, takes a slightly different approach: Rather than using one agent, she finds it helpful to scour websites like Condos.ca and reach out to the agent of a specific place that catches her eye.

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“Your chances of snagging the unit before anyone else are much, much better,” she explains.

Cast a wide net
There’s a wide selection of websites, blogs, and Facebook groups available for Toronto renters, so it makes sense to check out as many as possible when you’re looking for an apartment.

Some of them even bring the search right to you, be it through Facebook notifications or email notifications at ViewIt or Condos.ca based on whatever criteria you choose. In contrast, others cater to specific needs, like roommate-finding service Apartmate.

Come prepared to viewings.

When do you find your dream apartment, it can be competitive — so it helps to come prepared to viewings with all the possible documents and references a landlord might want.

These are the big three you’ll need at most viewings:

  • References (personal, professional, past landlords). References can be anybody who knows you, outside of your family.
  • Proof of employment letter (should include the contact information for your employer, when you started, and current salary)
  • Credit Report is a must-have for tenants hoping to rent in Toronto. This should be the full report, including score and details.

It doesn’t hurt to have a chequebook handy, too, in case you can sign off on the lease and provide cheques for first and last month’s rent on the spot.

(However, if a landlord is asking for cold hard cash upfront, you might want to steer clear — as a Radio-Canada investigation recently revealed, buildings across the city are using tactics that violate provincial tenancy laws.)

If your credit score is low (below 650), there are ways to raise it over time. Also, see if the landlord will accept a co-signer as some will.

Be flexible
It’s good to keep in mind your apartment deal-breakers and neighbourhood preferences. But if you’re on a budget, Klaas encourages keeping an open mind.

“Our secret was being flexible with what we wanted,” she says. “We don’t need a shoebox apartment in the young, trendy areas of the city.”


Links:

  • https://www.blogto.com/city/2015/08/the_top_5_apartment_rental_websites_in_toronto/
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/how-to-find-an-apartment-in-toronto-1.4004591
  • https://www.rentwell.ca/blog/top-10-websites-for-apartment-rentals-in-toronto
  • https://www.torontorentals.com/blog/best-apartment-rental-websites-in-toronto

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