Besides Kijiji and Craigslist, anyone have any tips on finding a 1bedroom apartment that accepts cats? My girlfriend and I need to move to Toronto ASAP.
Other than Kijiji and Craigslist, your best bet is online listings like in Eye or The Grid (if they even do that anymore now that they’re Toronto Life Jr). Rental places seem hard to come by these days — unless you can afford to rent someone’s condo they can’t themselves afford to pay for ($1500-2000/month for a studio or a one bedroom if you’re lucky).
A helpful tip though, landlords cannot prevent you from having pets. From last year’s Toronto Star: “Under the law, you can’t prevent a tenant from bringing a pet into your property, unless it is a condominium and the building declaration says no pets. So even if a landlord and tenant sign a lease that says no pets, the tenant can bring 2 dogs and 4 cats the next day and there is nothing the landlord can do about it. Yet if the landlord has a no pet policy in the entire building, they can probably refuse to approve the tenant in the first place if they know the tenant has a pet. You start to see the problem. If the tenant is honest up front and tells the landlord they have a pet, their application can be refused. If the tenant lies on the application and then brings in a pet afterwards, there is nothing the landlord can do. The result is often a poisoned relationship, right from the start.”