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2.7 Viewing a Rental Unit

Viewing a potential rental unit is your chance to find out exactly what you will be paying for if you move in. It can be both exciting and stressful to view the place you might end up in.  It is important to inspect the specific unit you are interested in, as well as any common areas or facilities in the building.  Take the viewing seriously and try to be as thorough as possible.  You need to be confident in your decision when choosing a rental property because once you sign a tenancy agreement, you are committed.

It is also a good idea to make sure everything is clean and in working condition. Some things will be obvious, while others may require a bit more attention. Here are some examples of what to look for:

  • Make sure appliances, fans, and lights are working by turning them on and off
  • Look for signs of mold in the bathroom, kitchen, windowsills, basement, or other humid areas
  • Check for signs of bed bugs or other infestations
  • Inspect the carpets for stains
  • Make sure there is hot water and good water pressure
  • See if the heat for the unit is controlled from within that unit, or from within a different unit

In the Resources section you will find a Rental Property Search worksheet you can print out and bring to the rental viewing. Print one worksheet for each place you will visit.

Before viewing a place, fill in as much of the form as you can. At the viewing, you can use the form to ask the landlord questions. The goal is to gather the information you need in order to help you evaluate the places you visit.