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Renting is a good option to familiarize yourself with a new city and community before settling down. It is also cheaper to rent than a buy a house. Apartments and houses for rent are usually listed on classified advertisement websites and local newspapers.
Housing Help Centre
A non-profit social service agency that provides free information, advocacy and support to people who need housing. The Housing Help Centre maintains a current list of rental units available in Hamilton. A housing worker is available to assist you in finding a home that meets your needs. If you don’t speak English, the Hamilton Housing Help Centre can connect you to an interpreter.
Hamilton’s downtown has a wide variety of accommodations available. For example, the renovated (historic) Piggot and Sunlife condominium apartments priced from $80,000 per unit and up. These well-appointed condominiums are located at Main and James Streets. Other condominiums offer alternate pricing.
Single family houses ranging from $100,000 upwards to $500,000+ offer an excellent range of choices depending upon the purchaser’s needs. For example, a three bedroom detached single family house located south or Southwest of the downtown core would be priced at approximately $200,000.
City of Hamilton apartment rental costs start at $600/month for a one-bedroom and $750/month for a two-bedroom.
Information asked for by private market landlords
When you look at a unit and decide you want to live there you must fill out an application form for housing. The landlord will require the following information:
- Names and telephone numbers of people who can give you a good reference, such as friends and relatives or your supervisor at work
- Name of your previous landlords and the old addresses where you rented
Your rights as a tenant: What does this mean?
The rules about your relationship with your landlord are usually covered in the Residential Tenancies Act.
- When you rent a place to live, you make a legal agreement with the landlord. The agreement is often a written contract, commonly called a lease, which you and the landlord sign.
- Rent is money that a tenant pays weekly or monthly to a landlord (depending on the agreement made) for the right to live in a rental unit.
- You may pay your rent by cash, cheque, money order or bank draft. Always get a receipt that clearly indicates your address, the amount, the time period for which you are paying and who received the payment.
- Landlords are responsible for keeping units in good repair and for meeting all of Hamilton's health, safety and property standards.
- Landlords, under Section 20 of the RTA, are reasonable for maintaining the rental property including eliminating pest infestations.
- The Residential Tenancies Act allows a landlord to evict you for a number of reasons. Some of these include:
- Not paying the rent or often paying the rent late
- Damaging the unit or committing illegal acts in your unit or on the building's premises
- Making too much noise or disturbing other tenants or the landlord
- The landlord wants to use the unit for themselves or their family
- The Ontario Human Rights Code says that a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you due to your race, creed, sex, nationality, ancestry, marital status, source of income, ethnic origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, and family status, place of origin, disability, or receipt of social assistance.
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