The Ontario Landlords Association Asked the University of Toronto for Advice On How To Successfully Rent to Great Student Tenants!
Lots of new landlords want to rent to students. And why not? Students are focused on their studies and want to live in a great, safe, comfortable rental property that in no way will distract them from their goal of getting high grades and obtaining their degree. And renting to students is different than renting to experienced tenants from hell.
We contacted the University of Toronto to get some advice we could share for our members. For our previous chat see this link: University of Toronto, How Can Landlords Rent to Students in Ontario
1. I want to rent to U of T students. How can your service help me?
We offer a site where you can advertise your rental unit whether it be short- or long-term, private or shared accommodation. Our HousingFinder site averages 13,000+ visitors each month including U of T, George Brown, OCAD, and ESL school students, as well as U of T staff and faculty and students of other post-secondary institutions.
We offer various pricing options, insider tips on topics such as creating a more attractive ad for students, average rental rates in your area, and current legislation.
Your ad will be visible to our users 24/7, you can track how many times your ad has been viewed, include extensive details, and up to 10 photos.
2. How has your service changed since 2014?
For the first time, we’ve invited our landlords to attend our spring and summer Housing Fairs. This is an opportunity for you to showcase your property, meet prospective tenants, and learn more about our service! Our last fair of 2015 will be on August 22nd.
We’ve also added a new annual ad option ideal for those offering week-to-week rentals to medical electives and sabbaticals.
3. What are U of T students looking for in a good rental and good landlord in 2015?
No matter who you are renting to, a good landlord is someone who follows the guidelines of the RTA and stands by their responsibilities to maintain their unit accordingly.
Students are looking for places that are fairly close to campus (or near a subway line), offer competitive rental rates, include utilities, and a flexible lease agreement (i.e. month-to-month, 8-month leases, or ability to sublet in the summer).
We encourage you to include in the ad any amenities and features about your unit that might be attractive to students such as nearby shops, restaurants or attractions, a backyard or patio, natural lighting, air conditioning, or WIFI.
4. How are students choosing properties to rent? How do they decide?
Many students start by browsing the listings that have photos, match their desired move-in date, and are within their budget. The budget is ultimately the deciding factor but students are definitely attracted to a place that offers some of the amenities and features mentioned above.
5. How can good landlords communicate their goodness and professionalism to student tenants?
When students are calling or viewing a place it’s also an opportunity for the tenant to interview the landlord. Being genuine and professional from the start will not only get your relationship with your tenant off to a good start, but also provide an opportunity for future referrals (word of mouth).