It’s that time of year again, when Sault Ste. Marie will see an influx of students from all over the province and world moving in, to go to school in our community.
With that in mind, we decided to look into what students and tenants in general should look for when renting an apartment in Ontario.
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests that your housing should cost you no more than 30% of your overall before tax budget.
They promote renting as a great way to live if you need temporary accommodations which are cheaper than owning a home.
According to Sault Fire Services Public Education Officer, Naomi Thibault, they encourage both tenants and landlords to understand what is required in a rental unit.
“Smoke alarms are very important for your safety as they give you an early warning of fire. The Ontario Fire Code requires that every place of residence have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas,” said Thibault. “For tenants living in rental properties, their landlord is responsible for installing smoke alarms and keeping them in working condition, including testing, repairs and replacement as necessary. Once smoke alarms are installed, tenants cannot remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.”
She recommends any tenant to reach out to their landlords if they are missing smoke detectors inside their rental.
Some of the 33 things rent.com suggests you should look for include but are not limited to making sure all the lights work, doors close properly and all the heating/cooling elements are in good repair and working condition within the living accommodation.
Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to bring you safety tips going into the new school year.