scammers are looking to try and get your money
up front, and move on to the next victim. Here are
some tips to ensure you are not taken advantage
Ask To See The Property In Person
If the owner or agent refuses to give you access to
the rental unit, ask the reason why. If they cannot
give you a believable answer, such as it is under
renovation or repair, or that the previous tenants
have not moved out, get them to schedule a date
further into the foreseeable future. Then if they
still deny attempts to view the property, consider
it a scam and move on to the next rental prospect.
They Want Your Money Up Front
Western Union, online money transfer, or money
order should raise a red flag to you. Paying for
any rental unit up front is not a common practice.
Usually, the landlord will inform you that you have
been granted use of the rental property, ask you
to meet to sign a lease, and payment is given in
the form of a cheque. Payment of the last months
rent is normally provided upon signing the lease
and not before.
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LOOKING FOR ACCOMMODATION
Living off campus for your first year is an option
should dorms not be satisfactory. Here are some
tips to use when looking for accommodations.
Get To Know The Area
If you do not know very much about the area you
are moving to, try to check it out before you arrive,
either at an open day or by asking your student
housing officer for information about districts and
travelling time to your campus.
If you are thinking of sharing, keep in mind that
most student houses have usually between three
and six bedrooms. With more people, it might be
worth splitting the group when your trying to find
How To Avoid Being Scammed Online
When looking for a rental, a lot of people would
turn to online sites. It is an easy and quick way to
find a place. However, many times the rental ads
on these sites turn out to be harmful scams. The
Set a price range with an absolute maximum.
What types of housing you want (A room in a
family home, an apartment or a student house).
Make a list of the features that you absolutely
need and can’t live without (like a washer and
dryer in the house).
Also list some things that you really want but
can live without (like a dishwasher, AC, patio,
You could also do the opposite and list things
you don’t want such as (smoking, pets, a house
on a busy, loud street).
Figure out how far away you want to be from the
school. If taking the bus, do you want to be one
bus away or would you be okay with taking two
with a transfer, or bus and subway?
Would you rather have all utilities included in
the rent, or do you have the option to pay those
separately on a month to month basis?
How many people do you want to live with?