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2.8 Asking the Right Questions

You may want to prepare a list of questions for viewings, as some landlords may not want to offer up certain details unless asked. 

Here are some questions to consider asking during the viewing:

  • Is it a legal rental unit?
  • Is the neighbourhood safe?
  • What are the advantages of living in the area?
  • Does the place include appliances and amenities? Or has it been “staged” for the viewing?
  • Are the neighbours generally quiet and respectful?
  • Is the building soundproofed, or is it common to hear noise from other units?
  • Has there been a history of bed bugs, other infestations, or illegal activity?
  • Is there public transportation nearby?
  • What are the rules about smoking, pets, roommates and accessibility?
  • Is there laundry available in-suite, or at least somewhere on the property?
  • Are there designated parking spots for tenants, or is there only street parking?
  • Is storage room available on the property?
  • Are there any fees for things like parking, storage or laundry?

You may only have one chance to see the unit before you need to make a decision, so be sure to get the information you need in order to make a well-informed decision.