1. Apartment search
The way to look and find a short term furnished apartment in Vancouver is by going through our Vancouver furnished rentals. Another way is to Google search “Vancouver furnished apartments” or similar phrase which will then list a number of websites like PadMapper for you to search through.
Tip: Before searching, have your budget set and what you’re willing to pay. Then think about the apartment size, location, utility bills or extra fees which will all affect the final rent price. Stay away from the cheapest rentals as they are cheap for a reason. You won’t know why, but will find out after you move in, but by then it’s too late.
2. Apartment viewing
Once you find several furnished apartments within your budget, start scheduling appointments for apartment viewings. If in person viewing, by yourself or a friend/co-worker is not possible, ask for a virtual tour. Get in touch with the apartment manager/landlord to book apartment viewing tour and start building a friendly relationship from the beginning. Be nice, polite and most importantly honest.
Tip: Besides apartment applications, apartment managers will use email and phone interactions to see if you’re a good fit for them. Use the same criteria in deciding if you want to deal and rent from them. Trust your instincts, and make sure the apartment you’re moving into is in a good condition during showings. Take full advantage of our furnished apartment rental guide.
3. Rental application
If apartment viewing went well and besides the apartment you like and trust the landlord and are ready to rent it. Don’t waste time, and ask for the apartment rental application right away. Most likely someone already applied, so if you really want it act on it fast. Fill out the application and submit it the same day.
Tip: Have all your important information ready. Make sure your current landlord, employer or school administrator, and parents are all aware that they will receive a call from the apartment manager for your reference check.
4. Tenancy agreement
When your rental application gets approved and you are offered to rent downtown apartment. Landlord will give you to fill out a residential tenancy agreement. It is a legally binding document between the landlord and a tenant. Make sure you know all the details before signing the lease.
Tip: Read thoroughly tenancy agreement and if you don’t understand any part of it, ask the questions. After signing it, the apartment manager has to give you your own copy.
5. Deposit payment
During the residential tenancy agreement signing in order to secure and book the apartment a booking deposit payment is required. Deposits are 1/2 months rent. Once it’s paid the apartment is finally yours.
Tip: If you pay your deposit with cash you should receive a receipt for it as a proof of payment.
6. Moving in
Moving day can be quite stressful, so make sure you coordinate well with your landlord and building management in order to be smooth and easy. During your Yaletown rental move in, the landlord and tenant will have to do an apartment inspection. To record if there are any apartment damages or deficiencies. This way tenants are not held responsible for something they didn’t do.
Tip: Be prepared to pay a one time move-in fee. All buildings require it to process your forms, and program your phone to the front door buzzer.
7. Utility bills
Depending on the Vancouver apartment rental you got and what’s included or not included in the rent. Be prepared to call utility companies and internet providers ahead of moving in. This way on your first day in the apartment everything is already set up for you.
Tip: Talk to your apartment manager for advice on the internet providers as they have the best knowledge from past tenants experiences.
8. Tenant insurance
Tenant insurance can be mandatory in order to rent some apartments. We require it in all our furnished rentals. This way your mind is at ease and you are protected against accidental personal and property damage to others. Apartment owners hold their own apartment insurance. Which doesn’t protect you or your personal belongings.
Tip: Good place to start looking for affordable tenant insurance is right here.