It is frustrating when you need a place to stay for a short time and you cannot find one. Instead of tearing your hair out and throwing up your hands in defeat, keep this list of dos and don’ts at the back of your mind.
DO consider several parts of Toronto. Some people are so fixated on staying in one particular area that they drastically reduce the number of options that are available to them. While you don’t want to choose a place that is far from your comfort zone or one that creates a convenience issue when it comes to getting around, you should definitely be open to neighborhoods that are close to your target area.
DON’T totally rule out hiring a real estate agent. Some people are so against paying for help that they insist on looking for short term rentals on their own. While this is not the worst thing in the world, this gives you limited options. There are some listings that are private and you will not have access to them unless you hire an agent. If you want to avoid paying, look for realtors that charge fees to the person who owns the property and not the one who is renting.
DO make it clear that you are looking for something that is temporary. You do not want to give anyone the impression that you will be around for quite a while if you intend to leave sooner rather than later. Make sure that the terms of the agreement you sign have no rules about staying for a period that is longer than you will need.
DON’T snag the first rental you find without taking the time to consider others. Many renters are so excited at the prospect of cutting their search short that they make a decision rather quickly. In order to ensure you made the best possible choice, you need to consider more than one place. Check out at least 3-4 other properties before making a decision.
There are renters all over Toronto that are struggling to find short term housing. If you are one of them, following this advice can make things far easier for you. It may take you a little while to find the perfect place, but considering these points will ensure you are happy with your final selection.