Housing

Finding an Apartment:

Finding an apartment in Saskatoon is not a difficult task so far. There are lots of renting places in the market now as people are moving out of rental places into their own houses. That is a new trend. Maybe you can think of buying a house when you have a stable income and credit history in Canada. 

Phone the landlord of the apartment you are interested in, and ask about conditions, restrictions, and available facilities (by the way, phone calls are free within the city).  Talk about monthly rent and other deposits (such as a security deposit or damage deposit) before you decide. Normally, electricity and water bills will not be included in your monthly rent. Also….talk about conditions of your lease. It is very important.

The following web sites will be useful for you to find an apartment;

Here is the list of items you should look for before moving into an appartment.

Check out the Information for landloards and Tenants (from Sask Government), and Housing Handbook from the City of Saskatoon for further details. These information sources provide valuable information to you. 

If a problem arises between you and the landlord, Contact the Office of Residential Tenancies, Main Floor, Sturdy Stone Building, 122 – 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2H6. Tel: 933-5680. Map.

The landloard can not discriminate because of your religon, marital status, family status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, colour, ancestry, nationality, place of origin, race, or the fact you get public assistance. If you believe you have been discriminated against for any of these reasons, contact Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, 816 Sturdy Stone Building, 122 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, S7K 2H6. Tel: 933-5952; E-mail: shrc@shrc.gov.sk.ca . Map

 

Affordable Rental Accommodation – Saskatoon:

There are number of agencies that offer various types of affordable rental housing in Saskatoon. To qualify for affordable housing, your annual income must be below provincially set maximum income limits (as of January 1, 2009, $44500 for households without dependents and $ 52000 for households with dependents).

 

Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement:

The Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement (HRHS) is a monthly supplement provided by the Ministry of Social Services to help low-to-moderate income families and individuals access quality and affordable housing. To Learn more…click here.

 

Buying a House:

If you have a stable income, don’t be afraid to invest in a house. First,  go to a bank or a mortgage dealer to check whether you are eligible for a mortgage and for how much. Remember to take a copy of your pay slip and any other proofs to show your family income. The bank  will  explain you everything about the mortgage you are eligible for. Talk to different banks and see which one can give you the best deal. Then, do little bit of shopping to find a good deal for your house. Mortgages are often repaid over 20 to 30 year period. You know that interest is charged on the amount your owe. To buy a house, a down payment of 5% to 25% is often required. 

You can check for the house you want from the following websites:

 

Affordable Housing:

The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)  assists homebuyers and renters with their affordable housing needs. There are number of programs to assist you such as:

  • Affordable Housing Rental
  • Social Housing Rental Program
  • Mortgage Flexibility Support Program.

For more information, visit their website or contact Stacie Beever, Director of Development Services, SHIP, Tel: 955-5188, ext. 230 

 

Important Information:

If you need any help, Contact me at;

Sumith P., Saskatoon, SK, Canada
E-mail: Priyashantha@yahoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sumithsaskatoon
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