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GTA EDITION

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A Brand New Rental Community in Downtown Ajax

NOW RENTING

RENTVISION.CA

Q&A WITH LAURA CALDER CHEF, AUTHOR, TV PERSONALITY

MAPLE: A SUBURBAN PARADISE


NORTH YORK

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NEW LUXURY RENTALS at Finch Ave. W. & Weston Rd. for immediate occupancy! Move in now to your brand new luxury apartment in Northwest Toronto. At Primo, you can discover an elite lifestyle residence that gives you more!

Spectacular Contemporary Suite Designs • 1, 2 & 3 bedroom designs • Stainless steel appliances • Large balconies • Sleek interior finishes • And more! • 1 Bedroom from $1470+

• 1 Bedroom + Den from $1600+ • 2 Bedroom from $1700+ • 3 Bedroom from $2250+

Two Floors of Condo-Quality Amenities • Fitness Centre • Lounge • Party room • Private outdoor area for residents • Home theatre • Games room • Laundry facilities

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We invite you to view these stunning new rentals at Vision. You will discover a contemporary building design with state-of-the-art amenities and a wide selection of smartly designed suites.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

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Features: Well maintained quiet building Broadloom Full laundry facilities Saunas, exercise room Tennis Tot lot Indoor outdoor play areas Across the street from school, shops, Ajax Rec Centre and Rouge Valley Hospital

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ADVENTURE • Well maintained & immaculately clean building • Freshly painted hallways with new carpet • Spacious one & two bedroom apartments • Large ensuite storage • Suites freshly painted • Hardwood floors redone to a high gloss • Large spacious balconies • Entry card access system

• Security cameras • Newly renovated Underground Parking • Renovated Laundry room with new machines - Smart Card System • Day care conveniently on premises • Close to Transit, schools & plenty of shopping and minutes to Q.E.W. • Walk-ins welcome • Plus hydro (heat and water included)

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FEB 17 - MAR 3, 2018 | VOLUME 26 ISSUE 4

CONTENTS

VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF PUBLISHING OFFICER

Caroline Andrews PUBLISHER & GENERAL MANAGER

Shawn Woodford ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Anne-Marie Breen DIRECTOR, CONTENT & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Jennifer Reynolds MANAGING EDITOR

Wayne Karl EDITOR

Marlene Eisner ART DIRECTOR

Megan Pike CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Sonia Bell, Sara Duck CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jennifer Braun, Jane Herman, Anne Marshall, Jackie Marchildon, MEDIA CONSULTANT

Daniela Francia daniela.francia@nexthome.ca

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Gary Chilvers SENIOR MANAGER, DISTRIBUTION

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TRENDING

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What's Online

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Editor's Note

37 New Rental Agreement

16 Index 39 Movers, Services & Classifieds

Ontario introduces a standard mandatory rental lease

ADVICE

22 Renters' Help INSPIRATION

Sharing with a roommate

24 The Rentalist

20 Q&A Laura Calder's Inviting Life

30 Home Organize your fridge like a foodie

32 Marketplace

Brighten up a basement apartment

36 Rental Rantings Choosing the rental that suits you best

15 French-inspired kitchen essentials

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rates and information. CIRCULATION Highly targeted, free distribution

system aimed at real estate buyers using street level boxes and racking, plus door-to-door insertions in key audience segments. Call 1-855826-4200 to discuss distribution opportunities. COPYRIGHT 2018 All rights reserved by Yellow

Pages Homes Limited. Reproduction in any form is prohibited. Contents of this publication are covered by copyright and offenders will be prosecuted under the law. TERMS Advertisers, editorial content and Renters Guide are not responsible for typographical errors, mistakes or misprints. All prices are correct as of press time and are subject to change without notice. E. & O. E. EDITORIAL Submissions from interested parties will be considered. Email to marlene.eisner@nexthome.ca. DISCLAIMER The views and data expressed by

columnists do not necessarily represent those of the publication.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS When it comes to rentals, we all have questions — from wanting to know about different property management companies and the rules of renting, to leases, sublets and more. Your friends, family and industry professionals can offer anecdotal experiences and insights, but they are not legal experts and don’t always have the right answer. However, someone does. Each province has its own act governing rental and tenancy rules and laws. If you want real answers to your questions, you need to go right to the source: to the governing body. Whether you’ve got a small issue or a very serious problem, it’s likely that you’re not the first person to experience it. In fact, whatever it is, it’s probably covered by your province’s act. If you think you have your own solution, think again. It may not be the legal route to solving your problem. Court isn’t the only route. Most residential tenancy acts make it clear what your legal entitlements and remedies are. You can opt for mediation as an intermediary step. Often a quick call or search will help with the answers you need. When it’s time to make a move, let Renters Guide help. Check us out online at NextHome.ca, and get ready to rent your next home!

MARLENE EISNER EDITOR NextHome EMAIL: marlene.eisner@nexthome.ca

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MISSISSAUGA 08276

Features: Range and refrigerator Dishwasher Wood-burning fireplace Air conditioning Carpeting / Laminate floor Window coverings Indoor and outdoor storage rooms Balcony or patio Convenient laundry facilities Intercom security system On-site management

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+ LOCATION 73 Bayly St. West PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Medallion APARTMENT Vision at Pat Bayly Square HOME TYPE Apartments

LEASING OFFICE 73 Bayly St. West., open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT 905.239.0107 rentvision.ca

MEDALLION A BRAND NEW RENTAL COMMUNITY It takes vision and great insight into the rental industry to develop a vital new residential community that will literally change the landscape of a city. Medallion is just the right company to take a project like this and bring revitalization and exceptional opportunity to downtown Ajax. The community is Vision, and prospective residents are advised to come in today and select their suite. As this new urban community takes shape, there will be multiple components to foster the urban environment, including a public square, retail, shops, office space and apartments. To complement this, Medallion is building a state-of-theart community that is greatly anticipated by renters looking for a new opportunity in Ajax. Vision’s two 25-storey towers boast modern features and 10  RentersGuide.ca

finishes, with a lifestyle to match. It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy living in a brand new building, but Vision brings an especially high level of enthusiasm because of the project in its entirety. It will create a destination and an urban hub in the city’s core. The site, Pat Bayly Square, is located at the corner of Harwood Ave. South and Bayly St. West. It will play host to cultural and seasonal festivals and shows, offering a central location to come together and celebrate. There will be fun and useful elements such as a skating rink in the winter, which becomes a calming reflective pool in the summer. New commercial and retail will bring people to the area to shop and dine, as well as a variety of services spanning from business to pleasure. For renters, though, this

opportunity simply offers a place to call home in a convenient and coveted location, where everything is new and neverbefore occupied. It’s a very rare opportunity to live in a brand new home filled with modern features and contemporary style. Come in today and be amongst the first to enjoy access to Vision – first choice at suites and exposures. This is, after all, a community built and managed by Medallion. Their enviable reputation, quality and commitment to resident satisfaction can be seen throughout all the buildings they own and manage. For more information about the opportunities to rent a new apartment in Vision at Bayly Square get yourself to the rental office or go to rentvision.ca or call 905.239.0107.


MISSISSAUGA

Your rental search is over. Welcome home.

Beautiful Renovated Apartments in Mississauga at 2200 Sherobee Road & 45 Paisley Boulevard

• Great community • 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units • Renovated units • Laundry facilities • Fitness facility • Balconies • Close to all amenities

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• Indoor heated pool, racquetball court & sauna (2200 Sherobee) • Excellent management on-site • Storage space • Secured entry • Close to public transit • Underground parking

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ETOBICOKE

Welcome to Briarcrest Manor

SUPER DEALS ON NOW!

263 & 265 Dixon Road Dixon & Islington

$1327 2 Bedrooms from $1507 3 Bedrooms from $1629 1 Bedrooms from

Indoor parking $75 per month | Outdoor parking $60 per month • Large, bright, renovated suites in a park-like setting • Outdoor swimming pool • TTC at your door • Furnished model suite available for viewing • Re-designed corridors • Easy access to highway

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live the life

H & R Property Management Ltd.

Etobicoke Eglinton & Scarlett 1A & 1B Richview Rd. 647.694.2905 25 & 39 Richview Rd. 647.694.2905 • LOCATION • PARKS • Fully renovated fitness facility • Spacious units with beautiful views of the Humber Valley • On-site convenience store, hair salon, indoor pool • New fitness room • Playground • Minutes to excellent schools and parks! • Convenient rental payment options via Pre-Authorized Payments or Online Banking

1A & 1B Richview Rd. ONE BDRM SUITE FROM

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PENTHOUSE SUITE 25 Richview Rd

Gorgeous 3 Bedroom 2 Washroom penthouse unit available. Brand new Stainless-steel appliances, completely renovated suite with stunning views.

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MAPLE SUBURBAN PARADISE ANNE MARSHALL

In the shadow of “Wonder Mountain,” this section of Vaughan has become an appealing destination for those looking to enjoy all the perks of small-town life, within easy driving distance of The Big Smoke. Just east of Hwy. 400, Maple stretches from Rutherford Road in the south to Teston Road in the north. LIFESTYLE

Maple is abuzz with excitement. This is a suburb, but definitely not a sleepy one. Active families on the go and a much younger population than much of the GTA make this a happy, upbeat community in which every day has the potential to be a “grand day out.” You can actually smell cotton candy and funnel cakes in the air! VIBE

Maple is late 20th-century suburban paradise. The more established area near Rutherford boasts perfect cookie-cutter brick houses and townhomes with peaked dormers. Further north, housing continues to expand far into the former farmland — it’ll be a while before these trees mature. The houses get bigger, subdivision streets more byzantine, and new developments are sold out and filled up as fast as they can be built. MEET THE NEIGHBOURS

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+MORE PHOTOS AND STATS ONLINE: nexthome.ca/maple for reasons other than work. There isn’t much of a nightlife here, and it’s definitely a community to come home to rather than go out in. PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Judging by the number of vehicles jammed into driveways, you’d imagine no one walks or takes transit in Maple, but that’s not entirely the case. While easy access to Hwy. 400 (and all connected highways) makes this area appealing to commuters, within Maple it’s pretty easy to get around on foot, and unlike some suburban developments elsewhere, all newer streets feature sidewalks. THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE REST

While attractive shopping and entertainment options draw many visitors to Maple, one has to dig pretty deep to find any of the local and independent businesses that usually define a smaller community. Since most of the development of this area has occurred in the last 20 years, there aren’t a lot of momand-pop places — this is chain store and franchise heaven.

IN THE AREA

With so many expensive recreational options nearby, such as Canada’s Wonderland theme park, one of the best features of Maple is its many greenspaces and parks. There are at least 25 of them offering free entertainment for the whole family (pets too!). The area is also home to two Montessori schools. Secondary students attend Maple High School or St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School. REAL ESTATE

It’s a hot market. Modern midrise rentals along Jane, Keele, and other main thoroughfares are planned surrounding green spaces. Duplexes, townhouses and detached rent fast, particularly to families awaiting completion of new homes and condos. Anne Marshall has lived in New York City, Glasgow (Scotland), Greensboro (NC), Toronto, and somehow ended up back in the fabulous small city of Guelph, where she grew up. She loves nothing more than exploring new areas, peering into other people’s apartments, houses and yards.


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Alexandra Park Parkdale Harbourfront Queen Street West Yorkville Church/Wellesley

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SCARBOROUGH Agincourt Guildwood Oakridge Scarborough Village Wexford Clairlea

Cliffside Golden Mile Malvern Morningside Highland Creek Rouge

NORTH YORK Bayview Village Black Creek Flemingdon Park Henry Farm Yonge & Eglinton York Mills

Heart Lake Highlands Mount Pleasant Peel Village Snelgrove Springdale

EAST YORK Crescent Town Woodbine Heights Leaside Thorncliffe Park Pape Village

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ETOBICOKE Alderwood Centennial Park Eatonville The Elms Kingsview Village The Kingsway

BRAMPTON Bramalea Castlemore Castlemore Crossing Churchville Claireville Downtown

The Bridle Path Downsview Humberlea Lawrence Heights Willowdale North York Centre

Applecroft Audley Clover Range Downtown Lakeside Meadow Ridge

Long Branch Mimico Rexdale Richview Thorncrest Village Willowridge

East Danforth Broadview North Bermondsey Governor’s Bridge O’Connor-Parkview

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MISSISSAUGA Applewood Cooksville Creditview Erindale Erin Mills Fairview

Hurontario City Centre Meadowvale Malton Port Credit Streetsville

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Ashburn Brooklin Downtown

Lynde Creek Myrtle Station Port Whitby

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HOW TO ADVERTISE PLACE YOUR DISPLAY AD DANIELA FRANCIA

GARY CHILVERS

ANNE-MARIE BREEN

MEDIA CONSULTANT 416.626.4268 daniela.francia@nexthome.ca

SALES COORDINATOR 416.626.4890 gary.chilvers@nexthome.ca

NATIONAL SALES MANAGER, RENTAL 416.626.4266 anne-marie.breen@nexthome.ca

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Dawes & Danforth - 390 Dawes Rd.

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Pape & Danforth - 85 & 95 Gamble Ave.

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$1600

Islington & Dixon - 263 & 265 Dixon Rd.

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Islington & Hwy 401 - 12 & 14 Auburndale Court

$1300

KIpling & Lake Shore - 95 Twenty Fifth Street

$800

Martin Grove & Eglinton - 10 & 22 Willowridge

$1025

Martingrove & Eglinton - 10 & 22 Willowridge Rd.

$1025

Scarlett & Eglinton - 1A & 1B Richview Rd.

$1450

Scarlett & Eglinton - 25 & 39 Richview Rd.

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Scarlett & Eglinton - 55 Emmett

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Hurontario & Queensway W - 45 Paisley

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Bathurst & Finch - 11 Goldfinch Court

$1395

Bathurst & Finch - 605 Finch Avenue West

$1325

Bathurst & WILSON - 3810 Bathurst Street

$1112

Bayview & Finch - 11 Ruddington Drive

$1335

Don Mills & Eglinton - 55 & 65 Wynford Heights Cres.

$1100

Don Mills & Finch - 201 Van Horne Avenue

$1200

Finch Avenue West & Weston Road - 3425 WEston Road

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$895

Victoria Park & Sheppard - 10 Chichester Place

$1250

Weston & Finch - 3400 Weston Road

$900

Weston & Hwy. 401 - 2460 Weston Rd.

$1100

Cawthra & Lakeshore - 1110 Caven Street

Hurontario & Queensway - 2075 Sherobee Rd.

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$1650

McCowan & Eglinton - 50 Trudelle Street

$1200

Bathurst & Lawrence - 6 Drexel Rd./26 - 34 Saranac Blvd.

$965

King St. W & Spencer Ave. - 116 Spencer Ave.

$1597

Lansdowne & Dupont - 1011 Lansdowne Ave.

$700

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$935

Spadina & Queens Quay - 350/390 Queens Quay W.

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INSPIRATION | Q&A

Chef, author and TV personality Laura Calder’s new book The Inviting Life, is an inspirational guide to homemaking and hosting in the millennium. Recently, I caught up with her to discuss everything from budget-hosting tips to her favourite kitchen items.

Why were you inspired to write The Inviting Life and not another cookbook?

LAURA CALDER’S

Invıtıng LIFE by SARA DUCK

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Food has always been about the context for me. In my cookbooks, you’ll find a lot of looping in and around the recipes in search of the greater value of good eating, its civilizing effects, and so on. I’d reached a point where I wanted to get the recipes out of my way so I could explore those broader areas more deeply and articulate my philosophy. What does The Inviting Life mean to you? It’s about the value of making a welcome home for ourselves and others, of seeing home not just as a place where we lock ourselves away, but as a place we can open up and use for the greater good.


You like the idea of approaching decorating the same way French women dress, “effortless, unselfconscious with individual flair.” How can homeowners find their home style?

Do you have a fail-safe recipe?

Being sensitive to what truly lights us up on the inside is important - and can save us a lot of money. When we choose the things that delight us every time, we build an environment around ourselves that’s a true reflection of who we are. The other thing is not to copy. Take ideas and inspiration, of course, but we should always make things our own in the end.

How can everyone get into the “home-cooking habit” and build a cooking repertoire?

As a chef, what is your ideal kitchen look and layout? I need a clean kitchen, but otherwise, I’ve learned to be fairly flexible because I’ve moved around a lot. I dislike sterility in kitchens, preferring them to feel like rooms, which is why I like a lot of things in view, rather than hidden away in cupboards baskets of onions, pots hanging on hooks, that sort of thing. I think I also prefer kitchens that aren’t too, too big. Otherwise, it’s like jogging around a track just trying to make a cake. A galley kitchen or basic U-shape have always worked best for me. When it comes to whipping up your fabulous fare, what are your essential kitchen items? A microplane grater is something I don’t know how I ever lived without. It’s in my hands several times a day, for everything from citrus zests to Parmesan to nutmeg to garlic. I’m also very keen on my Korean mortar and pestle. It’s unlike any other I’ve tried. The inside has sharp ridges that will turn things like peanuts into butter in a matter of seconds. I got mine in Korea, and I cannot fathom why they’re not for sale here on every corner.

Tarragon chicken is fast, elegant and loved by basically everybody. That and some green beans with toasted almonds, and dinner is done.

We all learn by doing, and so the main thing is to do it. Force yourself to buy raw ingredients rather than ready-made things, and it will get you started. My husband’s daughter used to come over here, open the fridge, and say, “There’s nothing to eat!” Twenty minutes later there’d be a frittata and a salad on the table, and she’d be saying, “Where’d this come from?” Now, when she sees nothing but ingredients, she’s more likely to recognize the possibilities in them. What are your best budgethosting tips? People should be generous according to their means and not stress about trying to match, dollar to dollar (what the Jones’ might have done). If you’re going to make something cheap and cheerful, you can always manage expectations by announcing the fact right at the invitation: “Come for a bowl of chili on Friday!” or “Pancake breakfast Sunday at 10!” Picnics are a great way to bring people together, too, without having to blow the account. It’s potluck with a bit of romance: everyone contributes, and you can eat on blankets on the lawn (or even on the floor, if you’re indoors). BYOB, of course. How can hosts get out of the kitchen and mingle more with guests? Unless you have a brigade of staff, there’s one way, and that’s by having things ready in advance with only minimal last-minute touches required.

PICK UP LAURA’S NEW BOOK THE INVITING LIFE. $30. INDIGO.CA FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LAURA VISIT LAURACALDER.COM

If you could host a dinner party and invite three special guests (past or present), who would they be and why? Madame de Staël is an historical figure I’ve always admired. She was an 18th-century Frenchwoman of letters who ran a celebrated salon in Paris and was one of Napoleon’s arch-rivals. Carla Bruni (the singersongwriter and wife of the former French president Nicholas Sarkozy) because she’s one of the best examples of a woman who lives life on her own terms. Carolina Herrera, the fashion designer, because she is the epitome of elegance.

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ADVICE | RENTERS’ HELP

TIPS FOR LIVING WITH A ROOMMATE There are legal obligations when all parties are listed on the lease. What about your hydro, Internet and cable (and land line, if you have one)?

JANE HERMAN

CLEANING: Ask your potential

Your approach to having a roommate should reflect what it would in any relationship. Be considerate and strive for good communication. FURNISHING: How will the apartment will be furnished? You need to discuss in detail how you will make decorating purchases and decisions.

roommate how clean they like/ need the apartment to be. Clarify at the outset who will clean the bathroom(s) and how frequently; take out the garbage and recycling, or vacuum the living room, and when. Or, discuss sharing the cost of a cleaning service if you need it to keep everyone happy.

EXPENSES: Discuss beforehand

how you will be paying your rent.

some private space and time.

FOOD AND INCIDENTALS: Will you share the cost of food items and toilet paper, dish soap and light bulbs? Decide before issues arise.

Jane Herman is a communications consultant who has worked in the rental property industry. Jane has written about food, fashion, apartment living and personal finance for several publications.

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FIVE WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR APARTMENT IN WINTER

JACKIE MARCHILDON For some, the winter months can be tough to get through — it’s dark and cold, and it’s easy to feel a little lethargic. If you’re especially susceptible to feeling down during Canada’s darker months, it can be particularly hard to live in an apartment that doesn’t get much light. Basement apartments are notorious for this. If your rental unit has been feeling a little dark these days, here are a few tricks for brightening it up! ADD LIGHTING

This is an obvious one on the list, but it’s still worth mentioning. Your unit likely feels dark because you don’t have enough natural light coming in from small windows, but it’s probably also because you’re lacking in artificial light too. Oftentimes when renting, we don’t think about changing the light fixtures in our space, but it’s an easy change and something that can make a dramatic difference — especially in a basement. Look for fixtures that require more than one bulb for added lightning. Make sure none of your current bulbs are burnt out, and have fun with this. New fixtures don’t just add light; they can also really spruce up a space. You can even accessorize by adding some new lamps or lanterns around your home. ADD MIRRORS

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helps make an area feel roomier, but because they reflect light, mirrors also essentially double the amount of light you have in your unit. They help with the stream of light in a space and, again, they provide a change in decor if you’re looking for something new. DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE

Clutter darkens any space, so it’s especially important to keep things simple in a darker unit. Clear your counters and don’t add unnecessary furniture. A cramped space feels dark. Clean countertops and closed storage space will keep your home looking clean and it will also make it feel lighter and brighter. Plus, decluttering generally helps us feel productive. PAINT THE WALLS WHITE

Painting might not be something you want to take on right now, but if you feel like making a big impact, a fresh coat of white paint will easily brighten up your space —

especially if your walls are currently a dark colour. CHANGE YOUR WINDOW COVERINGS

If you have heavy or dark drapes, curtains or blinds on your windows, consider switching them out for lighter fabrics like sheer cloth. Lightweight fabric will maximize the sunlight entering your space, and still give you the privacy you need in your home. Brightly coloured drapes can add a nice contrast to white walls too, or you can consider creating a fake window using translucent curtains over a light. Jackie Marchildon is a bilingual writer and editor. She spends her time searching for hidden gems across the city, whether it’s new neighbourhoods and restaurants or upcoming trends in real estate and home decor.

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ORGANIZE LIKE A FOODIE by SARA DUCK

How to tame the jungle inside our refrigerators? Karen Mordechai, food photographer, founder of Sunday Suppers, and cookbook author, has six smart answers.

3. Practice first in, first out. Adopted from grocers and other retailers, the FIFO approach ensures that what needs to be used first, such as milk that will soon expire, is stocked up front.

1. Buy in smaller quantities and avoid overcrowding. “I’ve learned over the years to purchase food in a more thoughtful manner,” says Mordechai. “Sometimes that means shopping more frequently, but I’m okay with that. I love having a refrigerator that feels approachable and inspiring.”

4. Commit to a once-a-week fridge cleanup and clearout. “I find this very therapeutic,” says Mordechai. “It always inspires a kitchen-sink meal or two, such as a frittata, a soup, and a big salad.”

2. Establish distinct storage zones. To avoid a free-forall, store like with like to introduce predictability and order. In most fridges, the bottom shelf is the coldest zone, making it ideal for meat; beverages do well on the top shelf; vinegar-based condiments belong in the door compartments and leftovers, should be clustered at eye level.

5. Use enamel, ceramic and glass containers. Unlike plastic, they can go directly from fridge to oven to table. Label containers with washi tape to keep track of contents and dates. 6. Store produce in reusable cloth and mesh bags. Use your fridge properly: The high-humidity drawer is for greens, herbs, and strawberries. Oranges, apples, stone fruits, avocados, and other ethylene producers go in the low-humidity drawer.

Excerpted from Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2017. Photographs by Matthew Williams. Used with permission of the publisher

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ADVICE | RENTAL RANTINGS

THE RIGHT RENTAL JENNIFER BRAUN When I first started looking for an apartment, I would jump any time someone told me they or a friend of a friend had a “rental” available. Then I discovered just how vast the term “rental” really is. Turns out a “rental” can actually be a room, a basement, a loft to share with eight other people, a pull-out couch in the living room and even a fully furnished apartment with a cat to watch (I’m allergic to cats). No, rentals aren’t always as traditional as you would expect them to be. Instead, they come in different shapes and sizes. It’s up to you to weigh the pros and the cons. Here’s some help: STUDIO APARTMENTS

Pros: Aside from the fact that a small space means less to clean, what could possibly be the advantage to living in a small space? Cheap rent! Studio apartments are often inexpensive compared to other rentals on the market. What’s more, minimal square footage ultimately means lower electricity and heating bills. Don’t doubt the cool-factor of this type of rental either. Renters always have a way of turning this basic single room apartment into their own. Cons: Your Ikea shopping game has to be really strong to pull off living in a studio apartment. If you’re lucky, the three to four pieces of furniture that you’ll be able to fit in it will have to be double-duty and even triple-duty decor to ensure a well organized and functional space. You’ll basically be living in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and 36  RentersGuide.ca

very compact living room all at the same time. Good luck! LOFTS

Pros: When you tell someone you live in a loft, you automatically hit sophisticated, cool status. Basically if you are not cool, this is the easiest way to appear interesting really fast. Most loft apartments have high ceilings and offer a very interesting and flexible layout that is popular with the artist and the I’m-way-toocool-for-it types. Cons: The open concept layout of a loft style apartment is not ideal if you plan on living with roommates or children. Though the area is much larger than a studio apartment, privacy may be an issue. Screaming children and bad roommates will be impossible to escape. You have been warned! BASEMENT APARTMENTS

Pros: Are you happily anti-social? Then a basement apartment is for you! Seriously, basement apartments happen to be very private. Often they come with a private entrance and you get easy access to the outdoors without having to travel through corridors and potentially meet neighbours – or just anyone at all. Cons: Good luck getting any kind of natural light into your basement

apartment. What’s more, despite being virtually underground, basement apartments can be quite noisy. Be wary of your upstairs neighbours and any appliances like a furnace, a shared laundry room or a water heater, which are often found downstairs. CONDOS

Pros: Condo living is a way of life. At least, that’s what any current condo occupant would say. It’s all about enjoying the small things like a great location in the city, awesome shared amenities and not having to worry about outside work and maintenance. Cons: All those good amenities and perfect location that condo renters love to brag about, also come with a price – I’m talking about a lot of hard earned cash! Condo rent is at the top of the price list – and you still have other bills to take care of. Now it’s time for the hard part. Decisions, decisions, decisions… Jennifer Braun is a freelance lifestyle writer from Montreal. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @justbejealous and find her blog at justbejealous.com

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TRENDING

ONTARIO INTRODUCES

NEW RENTAL LEASES MANDATORY FORM PROTECTS TENANTS AND LANDLORDS by MARLENE EISNER There’s soon going to be a lot more clarity for landlords and tenants when it comes to any ambiguity surrounding what belongs in a rental agreement. The province recently introduced a new mandatory 13-page standard lease for all private residential leases, effective on or after April 30, including tenancies in single- and semidetached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary units (such as basement apartments). Until now, there hasn’t been a standardized form for rental agreements between landlords and tenants in Ontario. Often, landlords and tenants created their own agreements or used a variety of online forms. Some of the terms that cropped up in leases included things like the landlord determining how many guests a tenant could have and how long they could stay, and clauses around maintenance that required a tenant to do work like mowing the lawn, shovelling the driveway and doing minor repairs inside the unit. The new lease form is written in easy-to-understand language using a template to capture basic information such as names and addresses, the total rent and when it’s due, and any rules or terms about the rental unit or building. It also outlines the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords and explains what

can (and cannot) be included in a lease. For example, landlords cannot ban guests or pets, require post-dated cheques or stipulate the landlord can give a tenant notice that they have to leave at any time. There is a section at the end of the new lease that allows a landlord to attach a document with additional terms not already in the lease, but a tenant still should not be paying damage deposits, more than one month’s rent in advance, interest on arrears or penalties on missed rental payments, and they shouldn’t be expected to waive their liability or their landlord’s liability for maintenance and repair issues. Leases that have been signed before April 30 are still in effect and enforceable, as long as it is consistent with the Residential Tenancies Act. With new leases

on or after April 30, tenants whose landlords fail to provide a new standard lease following a written request from the tenant are allowed to withhold rent. If a tenant requests a standard mandatory lease, the landlord has 21 days to provide it, and if they don’t, the tenant can withhold up to one month’s rent — giving the landlord another 30 days to provide the lease. The mandatory lease does not apply to most social and supportive housing, retirement and nursing homes, mobile home parks and land lease communities or commercial properties. A standard lease guide will be available in 23 languages. There are approximately 1.25 million private rental tenancies in Ontario with an estimated monthly turnover of 19,000 units per month. FEB 17 - MAR 3, 2018  37


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1765 VICTORIA PARK - & LAWRENCE 1 Bdrm with Balcony $1100/ mo All Utils included Prkg Available Steps to Transit Close to all amenities Avail ImmediatelyCall 416-755-1032 between the hours of 10:00 am - 6:00 11320841 pm.

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TORONTO

Cloverhill Estates 276 ST. CLAIR AVE. W.

Bachelor: $1300 1BR: $1695 1BR + Den: $1650 2BR: $1875 3BR: $2300

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Freshly painted suites Refinished hardwood flooring throughout Fridge and Stove On-site laundry facilities Superior On-Call Service (SOS) available for after hours emergencies

Indoor Parking: $70 | Outdoor Parking: N/A | Hydro: Not included

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DANFORTH & DAWES

390 Dawes Road BUILDING FEATURES:

COMMUNITY FEATURES:

• Newly renovated suites

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• Secured entry

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• 24 hr. emergency maintenance

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• Surveillance cameras

• Restaurants

• Indoor parking available

• Public Park

• Recycling program available • Laundry facilities on site

1055-$1095 $ $ Two Bedrooms from 1175- 1220 $ $ Three Bedrooms from 1350- 1390 One Bedrooms from

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GTA Renters Guide - 17 Feb, 2018  

A NextHome Publication

GTA Renters Guide - 17 Feb, 2018  

A NextHome Publication