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During your first few days or even weeks in Canada, you may be living in a temporary home and are seeking more permanent housing arrangements. Many Ontario newcomers decide to rent apartments as their first home so that they can become financially established and more familiar with the province before they decide to buy a home. If you decide to rent an apartment, you will have to sign a lease. The Peel Region offers several different types of housing at various prices; therefore, it is best to begin your search with a general outline of how much you want to pay, what you want to have included, and what neighbourhood you would like to live in. When you are ready, you can search classified advertisements in local newspapers, monitor public bulletin boards at community centres and grocery stores, check your university's off campus housing listings, and explore the links below. Housing will be one of your most costly expenses each month. For how much it costs to rent or buy housing, visit Cost of Living in the Peel Region.

There are a number of different housing types available in the Peel region. Read through the descriptions to find out what type is best for you and your budget!

Furnished - Will usually include standard furniture such as table/chairs, a bed, desk, dresser, and kitchen appliances.

Unfurnished - Will not include furniture and may or may not include kitchen appliances such as a refrigerator and stove.

Bachelor/Studio - Intended for only one person, and contains one large room to serve as the bedroom, living room, and kitchen, plus a separate bathroom. Expect to pay around $700-$900 per month.

One-Three Bedrooms - The numbers of bedrooms will vary; however, all will have separate living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Expect to pay around $900 - $1200 per month.

Rooms for Rent - Often a single room in a home or apartment. Here, the living spaces will usually be shared, including the bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Expect to pay around $400 - $600 per month.

If you decide to rent an apartment in the Peel Region, you will be entering into a legal contract between yourself as a tenant, and a landlord as the owner of the rental property. This contract is called a lease, and it usually requires you have a co-signer or references depending on your occupation and previous housing history. Your rent may or may not include utilities such as water, electricity, and heat; details such as these should be outlined in your lease. Read over this agreement carefully. Before you move into a new apartment, landlords will often require the payment of both first and last month's rent so be sure to include this in your housing budget.

As a tenant, it is crucial that you are familiar with your rights and responsibilities, some of which include paying your rent on time, upkeep of the property, and not disturbing other tenants. Please review these documents to become familiar with the tenant-landlord relationship: Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities, and What Tenants Need to Know about the Law.

If your income does not allow for you to acquire a suitable home, you may qualify for social housing. There is a very high demand for this housing within the Region of Peel, which is funded by the Government of Canada and various government programs, and the waitlist is several years. Peel Access to Housing (PATH) is where you can find out more information, whether you qualify, apply for social housing, and be placed on the waiting list.

If you are without a home, the Region of Peel has a number of temporary and free shelters for residents who are homeless or cannot return to their home. Several of these shelters are specifically for women who live in abusive homes. If you are in need of a shelter, please review Where to Get Help. If you need immediate or emergency shelter please contact Ontario Works in the Peel Region.