07 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Toronto Apartment Living: Fire Safety Tips for Tenants

Nearly all home fires are preventable. If you are renting in Toronto do make sure that you take every possible precaution to stop fires from starting. While your landlord must maintain the property to statutory fire-safety standards, it is your responsibility to make sure you do not introduce any fire hazards in the way you […]

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03 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Does where you live shape who you become?

Do we live in a certain place because we are a certain kind of person, or do we become a certain kind of person because of where we live. This is one of those chicken and egg type questions that it’s fun to debate. But somewhere in the circular arguments we can tease out some […]

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03 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Moving Across Town in London Ontario

Say you live in a London rental and are moving across town from the Airport neighbourhood to another rental in Bostwick. Because this is a cross-town move you may feel it will be easier than shifting to another city. But don’t be fooled. Many people underestimate the amount of effort required to make a cross-town […]

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02 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Living in Ontario: What Makes a Location More Appealing

Some of us may not have the luxury of being able to choose where to live. Our choice of location may be dictated by jobs or the need to be near relatives, or other considerations. But if you are could choose your home town or city in Ontario, what are the main factors you should […]

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02 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

How to Feel at Home in Ontario after an Overseas Move

Perhaps you have recently moved to a city in Ontario – let us say Ottawa or Toronto – from overseas. Maybe you have already found somewhere to live and made progress on finding a job, enrolling the kids in school and sorting out healthcare for the family. These are some of the really big tasks […]

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25 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Is your landlord breaking the law in Ottawa?

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a city of more than 900,000 residents who have a great life.  With wonderful urban neighbourhoods, rural villages and dynamic suburban communities, Ottawa is also blessed with having one of Canada’s most highly educated and talented workforces. No wonder, then, that Ottawa rental properties attract much attention. As a […]

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23 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Ways you’re violating your lease in Toronto

With Toronto ranked this year as the world’s fourth most liveable city, it’s no wonder that more people are looking for rentals in Toronto.  Do remember that when it comes to the lease for a Toronto rental, you need to review before you sign.  You might be tempted to skip over the turgid legal jargon, […]

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19 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

As rents rise, what can renters do in Ottawa?

With its robust economy, low crime rate, accessible medical care and wide range of amenities, Ottawa remains an attractive destination for renters in Ontario. As you might have noticed, though, the rental market has once again shifted in favour of landlords, and it’s not likely to change any time soon.  However, don’t despair – there […]

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29 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Renting in Toronto: Why You Need Renters’ Insurance and How to Buy It

In August 2010, a fire in Dawes Road in eastern Toronto raged through a house-wares store and damaged some nearby apartments. It was later found that none of the tenants had contents insurance and a representative from the Toronto fire-service said this was common in Toronto rentals. In an interview with CBC, Dave Eckerman, Toronto’s […]

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17 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Winnipeg rental benefits: The NDP’s new tenant protection package

If you’re someone looking for a Winnipeg rental, the latest announcements from the NDP are making life for you just a little bit sweeter. So what exactly are the NDP dishing out to us this time? If you already live in an apartment or rental home anywhere in Manitoba, you probably received a pamphlet in […]

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