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2.6 Getting Ready

We recommend bringing the Rental Property Search Form, found in the Resources section. For each place you visit, use the form to take notes and write details that will help you decide between multiple properties.  You may also want to bring a tape measure, along with measurements of your furniture.

You may only have one chance to view the property, and in competitive markets you may need to fill out applications on the spot.  It is a good idea to come prepared with your references, credit checks, cover letter and pet resume. The certificate from this course could also be included in your application to show potential landlords that you are educated on tenant rules and regulations.  We will talk more about credit checks, cover letters and references in Section 3.

Yes, this can be a great idea!  You may want to bring along someone along if English is not your first language, you have never been to a viewing before, or you feel that you need some emotional support.  It can be very helpful to have a friend, relative or community worker by your side to help you through the process and witness the details discussed with the landlord.