Finding the perfect place in a neighbourhood you love is a key step when it comes to moving to a new city. Here are some tips to help you find your hidden gem in Montréal.
Understanding the housing lingo here takes a bit of getting used to. Here’s a guide to help you interpret the language of real estate in Québec. Don’t be surprised, the bathroom only count for half a room!
- 2 ½: one closed bedroom, a living room, a kitchenette and a bathroom.
- 3 ½: one closed bedroom, a living room, a full kitchen and a bathroom.
- 4 ½: two closed bedrooms (...)
- 5 ½: three closed bedrooms (...)
- 6 ½: four closed bedrooms (...)
An independent building with at least five units.
An apartment with a declaration of co-ownership. The individual dwelling belongs to the owner, while the common areas (corridors, stairs, elevators, garden or courtyard, roof, gym, swimming pool, etc.) are co-owned.
A home made up of two separate units (where the owner generally occupies the ground floor).
You guessed it! A quadruplex is a shared building made up of four separate units.
“Plexes,” unlike apartments, are independently owned and can be detached, semi-detached or connected in a row.
Are you looking to take your own furniture with you when you move, or do you need a space that’s already set up? Whatever your preference, Montréal has a bunch of options. Here’s the lingo to look out for:
- Furnished: includes all the furniture and appliances you’ll need on a daily basis.
- Semi-furnished: includes the four major appliances: refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.
- Non-furnished: includes nothing but the floors, walls and ceiling!
If you’re not sure what’s included in your new place, ask the owner to clarify. It’ll save you a lot of trouble trying to find someone at work who’s willing to take care of your laundry!
Understanding your energy bill
In some cases, the price of rent includes heating and hot water. If they’re not mentioned in the listing, you’ll probably have to pay these costs yourself. And if someone tries to charge you for running cold water, watch out! Cold water is free here in Québec.
How to find the perfect place for you
Feeling overwhelmed with all the options out there? Don’t panic! There are tons of local websites to help you find a home.
Check out the classifieds on Kijiji for a host of local listings. You can also take a look on sites like LesPAC, or platforms dedicated entirely to real estate listings like Louer.com and kangalou.com.
Don’t forget to scroll through your Facebook and other social feeds, and search for local groups specialized in housing by typing in “Logements Montréal” or “Logements à louer Montréal” These groups have a bunch of options for renting or subletting and make it easier than ever to connect with potential landlords.
Your lease contract must be written in French or English, and it has to specify the duration of the lease as well as the amount of rent to be paid on the first day of each month. Payments are generally made by e-transfer, cheque or cash.
The Government of Québec provides all the relevant information about tenants’ rights and obligations here.
Among other things, you’ll learn that you’re not required to provide a deposit to your landlord. And you’re not required to share your personal information like your social insurance number (SIN) or bank account number.
Live by yourself without breaking the bank
Montréal is known for its reasonable rent prices, so you won’t have a hard time finding a place that fits your budget.