Looking for accommodations? Looking for tenants? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you have come to the right place. Please check out the appropriate landlords or renters section for further information. We have partnered with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing solutions to postsecondary students. This service is free for all students. Please note that Georgian College does not inspect any of the listings to verify for accuracy, safety, etc. Please use due diligence when looking for off-campus accommodations. Start your search here
Whether you are the landlord of a multi-dwelling high-rise complex, you have a house to rent or simply a bedroom in your own personal home to rent, students can make great tenants. It is important to remember, however, that there are provincial laws and city by-laws dictating what you can and can’t do. Before making the decision to rent out your property, we strongly recommend you that you familiarize yourself with the Residential Tenancies Act, and city bylaws regarding boarding, lodging and rooming houses. We have partnered with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing options to postsecondary students. This service is free for all students to use. Landlords can also list properties. The service allows you to control and modify your ad, include pictures, track the number of times your ad has been viewed, etc. To post your ad, click on the link below and then click on the landlords section or call 1.866.766.0767 (toll free). To place an ad, click here.
Rental scam alert
Attention landlords: Please be aware that a number of institutions in other cities have reported that individuals have been contacting people with listings on their off-campus housing registries and offering to pay the entire year’s rent with a cheque or money order. Typically what happens is that an individual sends several months’ worth of rent and then almost immediately asks for all but one or two months’ rent (deposit) to be returned. They do this in the hope that your bank will not recognize the forgery until the normal clearing process has happened. If you send them the money, you are then out that money when the bank discovers the cheque or money order is a forgery. Remember, if it seems too good to be true (person wants to pay the entire year’s rent up front or they are willing to pay more than your asking price, etc.), it probably is. If you find yourself in this situation, please call the police. The housing listings compiled by Places4Students have not been verified by Georgian College. Georgian College is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed, nor will the college accept liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the information or any use of the information. Each user of these listings is responsible for verifying the accuracy of any information he/she may obtain and for any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of his/her use of the information. Use of these listings constitutes acceptance of any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of the information in these listings and a release of Georgian College and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives, from liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the use of the information in these listings.
If you have decided to live off-campus, there are a number of basic questions you should ask yourself before beginning the search for accommodations:
- how much can I afford?
- do I want to live alone or with a roommate(s)?
- should I live with a friend(s) or people I don’t know?
- what length of lease am I willing to accept?
- will I be here during the summer or should I sublet my apt?
- how far from the college do I want to be?
- do I need parking?
- are the accommodations licensed under the city’s Boarding, Lodging and Rooming House by-law?
- do I know how to be a good neighbour?
There are many more questions you should answer, but if you start with these you will be well on your way to finding accommodation that suits your needs. For more information and other resources, please check out Resources. Once you have answered these questions and are ready to begin your search for accommodations click on the link below to begin your search. Georgian College has partnered with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing for postsecondary students. This service is free for all students. Start your search here. The housing listings compiled by Places4Students have not been verified by Georgian College. Georgian College is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed, nor will the college accept liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the information or any use of the information. Each user of these listings is responsible for verifying the accuracy of any information he/she may obtain and for any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of his/her use of the information. Use of these listings constitutes acceptance of any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of the information in these listings and a release of Georgian College and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives, from liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the use of the information in these listings.
- Residential Tenancies Act
- Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
- City of Barrie
- Agreement to terminate tenancy
- Tenant’s notice to terminate the tenancy
- Sublet agreement form
- Apartment condition checklist
- Roommate agreement form
- Fire safety in student accommodations
- Safe student accommodations 101
- Ontario tenant information
- Barrie tenant information
The BLR is the city of Barrie’s Boarding, Lodging and Rooming House bylaw. This bylaw requires landlords of certain types of dwellings to apply for a licence and have their premises inspected to make sure they meet building and fire code standards.
We strongly advise against renting an apartment that isn’t licensed by the city. Housing bylaws are put in place for a number of reasons, one of which is to make sure rental units meet building and fire code standards.
There are five of us sharing a house, but there isn't enough room in the driveway for all of our cars. Can we park on the front lawn?
No, most cities have bylaws in place that prohibit where cars can be parked. When you are looking for accommodations, make sure there is enough legal parking for all of your vehicles. During the winter months (Nov. 1 to April 15), the city of Barrie has a ban on overnight parking to facilitate snow removal throughout the city.
Yes. When you are on the same lease with your roommate, you are liable for his/her debts to the landlord. Your options are to seek restitution either through mediation or legal options.
Like you, your roommate is entitled to have visitors, and as long as they are not causing a major disturbance, your best option is to negotiate an agreement on when visitors can be on the premises. A good starting point is to use the Roommate agreement form.
If your roommate refuses to pay for his/her portion, your only recourse is to seek legal action through small claims court. We strongly recommend that before you get into this situation, you and your roommate(s) negotiate an agreement on how you are going to deal with bills, rent, etc. A good starting point is to use the Roommate agreement form.
Issues with roommates can be dealt with most effectively by communicating and setting up guidelines in advance so the issue never arises. If you haven’t done so already, download a copy of the Roommate agreement form or simply create a list of issues/potential issues, discuss them with your roommate(s) and come to an agreement on how to handle these potential issues. Once you have all come to an agreement, make sure everyone signs the document.
Your landlord can increase your rent only after you have been in the unit for at least 12 months, and then only once every 12 months. The amount that your landlord can increase your rent is determined by the Residential Tenancies Act. Your landlord can apply to the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal to increase your rent above the maximum rent increase guideline, but he or she would have to show that major capital work has been done on the building/unit or it has extremely high utility costs, etc. If your landlord wants to increase your rent, he or she must provide you with 90 days written notice.
My landlord promised to repair something in my apartment several weeks ago and it still isn't fixed, is there anything I can do?
The first step you should take is to talk to your landlord. It could be something as simple as he or she forgot. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you should send your landlord a letter outlining the history of the issue and your concern. In the letter, include the date when you expect the repair to be done or at least to have the landlord respond. If the issue is still not resolved by taking these steps and it is not something that is simply “cosmetic,” then you can contact the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal.
It is a violation of the Residential Tenancies Act for the landlord to enter without notice except under certain circumstances. It is advised that you ask the landlord for notice and if the problem continues, inform the landlord of the Residential Tenancies Act.
No. Once your original lease expires, you are under no obligation to sign a new lease. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, once your lease expires, it automatically converts to a month-to-month lease unless you terminate the lease or sign a new one. Once you are in a month-to-month lease, you can continue to live in the apartment as a continuing tenant and simply need to provide 60 days written notice to terminate your lease.
When I got my apartment I signed a one year lease. I just moved out at the end of the year and my landlord says that I now owe him two months' rent. Do I have to pay this?
Your landlord is correct. Once your lease expires, it automatically converts into a month-to-month lease and you are required to give 60 days written notice. Your best option is to speak to the landlord and try to negotiate a smaller amount. You can also try to sublet your apartment. The only way to avoid this type of situation is to make sure that you give your landlord 60 days written notice before your original lease would expire.
No. The Residential Tenancies Act states that you cannot change the lock without the landlord’s permission.