Like most Quebecers living in urban areas, the majority of newcomers are tenants.
In Québec, the rental contract, called a “lease”, usually
expires on June 30 of every year, which means that the best time to look
for a place to live is March, April and May. It is possible, however, to sign
lease at any time during the year and for any length of time.
Once you have decided on the neighbourhood or municipality that most suits
- Take a walk along its residential streets to see what is available for
rent, indicated by a “for rent” sign (“à louer” in
- Check the classified section of newspapers and housing search Internet
How to choose your housing
- Visit those places that have the most potential. If possible, take someone
- Inspect the condition of the premises and ask to see all the rooms.
- Evaluate the repairs that need to be done and make sure that at least
one of the telephone outlets is working.
- Find out which services (heating, electricity, paint work, plumbing maintenance,
etc.) and what furniture and appliances are included in the rent. Also ask
if there is a caretaker for the building and if there are regulations regarding
the enjoyment of the premises and the use and upkeep of the apartments and
- Assess the dwelling from the point of view of security, noise and proximity
to services (supermarkets, public transportation, schools, etc.).
- If you have one or more pets, make sure that there is no building regulation
or clause in the lease prohibiting them.
- Before renting, take the time to explore the immediate area as
well as the neighbourhoods in the municipality where you have decided
to settle. Housing costs vary according to sector. Be sure to also
evaluate your needs and resources.
- Some neighbourhoods have a tenants’ association, often called
a “housing committee,” that can help you with all aspects
of renting a dwelling.
INFORMATION: Contact the Immigration-Québec office
for the region where you have chosen to live to find out about community
organizations that can help you find housing.