Renting? Some tips around what to look for…

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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 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.


  1. “The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation suggests that your housing should cost you no more than 30% of your overall before tax budget.”

    A single person on OW gets a maximum of $290 for shelter costs and a max of $343 for basic needs . That doesnt even cover most rooms for rent today, requiring the recipient to use part of their basic needs allowance to top up the rent.

    A single person on ODSP receives a maximum of $497 for shelter, and $672 for their basic needs. Again, barely enough for a room to rent, if one can be found still for $500.

    Unlike minimum wage and normal wages, this isn’t something that is raised annually with the inflation rates and rental rates increasing every year, and targets the lower class, the disabled, and vulnerable persons, and changes need to be made regarding these benefits.

    Both the federal and provincial Conservative party caters to the rich, and higher middle class, while these other persons are looked at as the scum and burden in our society.

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