Tenant Tips

How to work successfully with a rental agent and find a great place to live!

Ottawa is a dynamic city, with varied neighbourhoods, parks, communities and cultures. Finding the right place to live is an opportunity to discover plenty!   

Here are a few tips: 


1.      Prior to seeing any locations, take the time to identify what you are looking in a home: # bedrooms, parking, den, office, garage, yard, community, proximity to city, work, or school...etc.

             Focus your search on: needs, area, and finances


2.      Have a frank discussion with your rental agent before viewing properties. Tell them clearly what you are seeking. They know the community and they know what is currently and soon to be - available.


3.      Take the time to build a relationship with your agent.


4.      When viewing properties have some flexibility with scheduling.  The rental agent/property manager has a variety of clients and scheduled viewings. The more flexibility you have with timing, the deeper the quality of interaction with your agent.  


5.      If you have to cancel an appointment, please do so promptly.


6.      The best, most expedient way to communicate with an agent is by email.


7.      Give yourself time - 2 months or more -  to look and time to find the right place to live. The more flexibility with time you have, the wider your options become.


8.      Be careful of places that are too good to be true. They usually are!  Price and location pretty much go together. Look for appropriate value. What you pay for is usually what you get.


9.      Your feedback and constructive criticism are welcome.  Feel free to share your thoughts and offer suggestions about what you see during a viewing.  Tell the agent if there is something reasonable that you would like to be changed or addressed.


10.  Once you find a suitable apartment, take a step to secure it. Don’t wait too long to make a decision, especially in a busy season when the market is tight. Units can go off-market quickly.


11.  Enjoy your opportunities and discoveries, as you find the right place to live.








Available apartment

210 Livery Street,
Ottawa, ON, K2S 1E7

type: CONDO
bedrooms: 2 bedrooms
price: $2100
available: January
Multiple units starting at $2000!
  • Beautiful spacious 2 bedroom condo
  • 5 appliances in an open kitchen with island
  • 2 pristine bathrooms
  • Balcony
  • Hardwood

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