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jonprc
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Posted On: 8/4/2015
jonprc
jonprc
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Hello,

I've seen the older posts that sort of address this issue. But I was wondering if anyone had experience renting an apartment in Toronto without having a job yet?
I'm curious if a landlord would typically accept a bank statement in lieu of a job if there's a substantial amount of money in the account. Is it legal to pay for up to 4-6 months in advance to prove you have the money?

I'll be arriving next month and am not sure I'll have a job yet.

Thank you!
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Posted On: 8/4/2015
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

From what we have found, after a recent precedent-setting ruling, if the offer of paying more money upfront comes from the tenant, the landlord may accept the payment.

A landlord cannot require a tenant to pay more than first and last month’s rent as a condition of the tenancy.

Again, if the offer of paying more money upfront comes from the tenant (preferably in writing), the landlord may accept the payment.

It is important to have everything in writing.

In this case, it is also very important that tenants keep a receipts for the payment as proof that they have and what was paid.

We can appreciate that as a newcomer or as someone who currently may not have employment, it can be difficult to secure housing and this may be an option that some are considering. However, it is really important to think it through and get some legal advice. In some cases, landlords can take advantage of this type of situation, or it may be very difficult when found in a rental situation that is not the best.

We suggest that it is best that you confirm this information and get some additional information regarding your own situation by contacting the nearest Community Legal Clinic for some assistance.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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