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NEW RELEASE! Luxury rentals on King Street in London

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RESIDENCES ON AUGUSTA

AYNSLEY APARTMENTS

BAY 100 APARTMENTS

Independent Living Centre for Seniors in Downtown Hamilton. Beautiful suites starting as low as $990.00 per month, depending on the service plan that you desire.

Located near Barton St. & Lake Ave. Close to many amenities including Eastgate Square, restaurants, major bus routes, access to highways and the Red Hill Parkway.

Great location providing full city views. Close to Hess Village, City Hall, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton Place, Public Library, Farmer's Market, FirstOntario Centre and lots of shopping within the neighbourhood.

1-844-831-3709

1-800-822-1958

1-844-582-2281

BEVERLY HILLS

KENSINGTON

PROCTOR PLACE

(Seniors' Residence) 155 James Street South

95 Barlake Avenue, East Hamilton

100 Bay Street South, Central Hamilton

115 Main Street East, Central Hamilton

644 Main Street West, West Hamilton Located in the west end of Hamilton, near Macklin St. & Hwy. 403. Tenants can enjoy the seasonal outdoor amenity area with green space and pool.

1-844-333-6532

Centrally located near Jackson Square, Farmer's Market, Gore Park, Public Library, the GO Station and St. Joseph's Hospital. This building features elevators, air conditioning and a laundry room on each floor for your convenience.

1-800-823-6157

12 Proctor Boulevard, Central Hamilton Charming building located in the east end of downtown Hamilton. Student friendly and on major bus routes for quick transportation to McMaster University and Columbia International College.

1-844-226-5738

Over 100 buildings located in Hamilton, Burlington, Cobourg, Dundas, Grimsby, Jarvis, Kitchener, Waterloo, St. Catharines, Stoney Creek and Welland. As well as a Senior’s Residence in Ancaster and one close to St. Joe’s Hamilton.

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LONDON

luxury rentals on king street in London

B  ACHELORS • 1 BEDROOM • 1 BEDROOM + DEN • 2 BEDROOMS 2 BEDROOMS + DEN  • 3 BEDROOMS • STARTING FROM $900* *Hydro is metered separately

Why rent someplace old, when you can rent someplace that’s brand new! 400 LYLE STREET

These smartly designed suites (many with den options) offer many of the luxuries of condo living, but at rental prices. Not only that, everyday conveniences, green spaces, funky coffee houses, London Transit, Budweiser Gardens and more, are practically outside your door. › Concierge / Security › 24 hour Fitness Centre › Party Room / Games Room › Study Lounge / Library › Screening Room › 24 hour ground floor laundry › Secured underground parking › Secured bike storage room › And more

 Rental Centre: 700 King St.

*See Rental Agent for details. Illustrations are artist’s concept. Prices and specification subject to change without notice. E. & O.E.

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LONDON - CENTRAL

310 Dundas & 405 Waterloo Ideally located downtown London, within walking distance to restaurants, retail, entertainment, offices & more!

1&2

BEDROOM SUITES • Newer Large Luxury Suites

• 2 Baths in 2 Bedroom Models

• Excellent Location with

• Private Oversized Balconies

• Close to Entertainment, Retail, Restaurants & More

• Covered & Secured Parking • Rogers Cable & Bell available • Dinner to Garlics of London on us! $50 Gift Card included

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SUITES OPEN RICHMOND ST.

310 Dundas: 877-503-2752 405 Waterloo: 877-220-4258 Visit: www.drewloholdings.com Follow:

QUEEN AVE.

DUNDAS ST.

YORK ST.

COLBORNE ST.

in- suite laundry • Exercise Room, Sauna, Indoor Saltwater Pool

• Individual A/C & Heating Controls

WATERLOO ST.

Great Views of the City • 5 Appliances including


BURLINGTON

Burlington | 168 Plains Rd Ideally located in the Aldershot area of Burlington within walking distance to Hamilton Harbour. Close to Parks, Retail, Grocery Stores, Schools & More!

1, 2 & 3

BEDROOM SUITES • In-suite Laundry • Dishwasher • Eat-in Kitchen • Individual Thermostats • Air Conditioned • Balconies • Great Views of the Lake • Indoor Saltwater Pool, Hot Tub & Sauna

• Fitness Room • Video Surveillance & Secured Entrance • Covered & Secured Parking • Large Social Room • Bell Fibe Services Available • Wheelchair Access • GO Transit & Bus • On-Site Staff

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• Ensuite Storage • Laundry Facilities • 3 Appliances • Fully equipped fitness centre

• Controlled Entry • On bus route • Individual Climate Control • Balconies • 1 Parking included

SPACIOUS 1 & 2 BEDROOM SUITES Utilities included

699 Talbot Street London

Call Marg

NICEST TOWNHOMES IN NORTH EAST LONDON

519-434-6774

GREAT NEIGHBOURHOOD Near Schools, Shopping & Bus

• Some newly renovated • 4 Appliances • Finished Rec. Room • Quiet surroundings

• Attractive, well maintained grounds • On-site Complex Managers

LARGE SPACIOUS 2 & 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES Some with Carport or Garage

295 & 305 Briarhill Avenue London

BRIARHILLS

Call Erna

519.675.1581

GREAT LOCATION Close to shopping, schools and Victoria Hospital • 1½ bathrooms • 4 Appliances • Finished Rec. room • Quiet surroundings

• On-site Complex Manager • On bus route

LARGE SPACIOUS 3 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES Some with Carport or Garage

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

CONTENTS

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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, Kimberly Leung. Anne Marshall, Jackie Marchildon MEDIA CONSULTANT

Daniela Francia daniela.francia@nexthome.ca SALES CO-ORDINATOR/ MEDIA CONSULTANT

Gary Chilvers SENIOR MANAGER, DISTRIBUTION

ON THE COVER:

RIVO LUXURY RENTALS ON KING STREET

Dwayne Rutherford NATIONAL CIRCULATION MANAGER

John Jenkins MANAGER OF PRODUCTION

Anthony Majetic GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

Swinder Jodhka Mike Terentiev

IN EVERY ISSUE

ADVICE

8 Editor's Note

20 Rental Rantings Choosing the right rental

16 Index 12 What's Online 34 Movers, Services & Classifieds INSPIRATION

24 Home Organize your fridge like a foodie

28 Q&A

Tips for living with a roommate

26 The Rentalist Five ways to brighten a basement apartment

30 Apartmentality Timing your move to reduce your stress

TRENDING

Laura Calder: chef, author, TV personallity

32 Marketplace 15 French-inspired kitchen essentials

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22 Renters' Help

18 New Rental Lease Ontario introduces a mandatory standard rental lease

NEIGHBOURHOOD PROFILE:

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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. For example – many people think they can withhold rent to get the landlord to fix something. In reality, if you withhold rent, you’re giving the landlord grounds to evict you. 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 find your next home!

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

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LUXURY SUITES & TOWNHOUSES 2 & 3 bedrooms available • • • • • • • •

Air Conditioning Balcony Dishwasher Elevator Fitness Room Free Underground Parking Available In-Suite Laundry Social Room

Walking distance to Victoria Park, the John Labatt Centre, fine dining and downtown activity, 180 Mill Road is located in the Richmond Row district. These luxury suites and townhouses offer granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in suite laundry, and great balcony views. 180 Mill Road features a welcoming lobby, study space, and underground parking. This spectacular property is luxury living in an ideal location.

866-947-8O48 www.KillamReit.com/ apartments/london-on/180-mill


Welcome to the neighbourhood • On bus route • Underground parking • Friendly staff • Secure building • Laundry on Smart Cards

900* Jr. 1 Bedrooms from $950* 1 Bedrooms from $1100* Jr. 2 Bedrooms from $1200* 2 Bedrooms from $1500*

REBECCA & WELLINGTON Walking distance to Jackson Square

905-523-6556 Hamilton@medallioncorp.com

Bachelor from $

*plus hydro

medallioncorp.com

Rebecca St.

King William St.

Wellington St. N.

Cathcart St.

Wilson St. Ferguson Ave. N.

LONDON

DOWNTOWN LOCATION


LONDON

CINQUE 670 Garibaldi Avenue Ideally located in popular Sunningdale just one block north of Sobey’s, close to Masonville Mall, Loblaw’s, the YMCA and more!

1&2

BEDROOM SUITES • Stainless steel appliances and over the range microwave • Quartz countertops • Individual thermostats • Soaring 9 foot ceilings • Tall kitchen cabinets

• Great views of city • Backsplashes • Bell Fibe HD TV, internet, and home phone available

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• Abundance of natural light

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MODELS OPEN

• Oversized windows

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TRENDING NOW THE LATEST RENTAL INSIGHTS FROM ACROSS CANADA

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• Great Neighbourhood in West London • Close to Schools and Shopping • Excellent Bus Service • Seasonal Pool

• Quiet Family Orientated Complex • Walk to Schools and Shopping • Great Bus Service • Seasonal Pool • Free Parking • Large 1 & 2 Bedroom Renovated Suites

• Shopping and Schools Nearby • Quiet Area, Private Grounds • Recently Renovated Units

750-780 Viscount Road 519-649-4159

727-769 Second Street 519-951-7169 519-453-2985

160-190 Canterbury Court 519-344-5560

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LONDON - NORTHWEST

CAPULET TOWERS I, II, III & IV

Walking distance to retail, grocery stores, restaurants, nature trails, the Thames River, parks & more.

1 & 2 BEDROOM SUITES

Located in Northwest London • 2 bedroom suites have 2 bathrooms • Suites include 5 appliances, ensuite laundry, individual A/C & heating controls and oversized balconies. • Amenities include indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room, covered parking & secured entry. • Granite kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances available at select units in 70 & 80 Capulet. • Bell Internet, Phone & Satellite available in unit

50 CAPULET

70 CAPULET

60 CAPULET

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877-620-1734

877-290-3205

877-715-7852

877-439-0677

SARNIA RD.

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WONDERLAND RD.

Call: 877-607-6917 Visit www.drewloholdings.com Follow

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NEIGHBOURHOOD PROFILE

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OLD NORTH LONDON HERITAGE AND ELEGANCE ANNE MARSHALL

Affluent families with children

access to a good network of bike

flock to Old North London. Married

paths linking various parts of the

couples without children at home

university to the city streets and parks.

are well represented, and many

It’s a fairly quiet and upscale

academics (both active and Emeritus)

neighbourhood, with home prices

The heritage neighbourhood of

also call the area home. Given the

significantly higher than elsewhere

Old North London is bounded by

abundance of high-density housing

in the city. Take-out establishments

Windermere in the north and Oxford

and proximity to campus, it’s also a

catering largely to students offer

Street to the south. The Thames River

very desirable location for students.

decent prices, but everything else is

The University of Western Ontario

and Adelaide Street mark its western and eastern borders, respectively. More stately and affluent than

going to cost you a little more up here.

and its affiliate colleges offer a host of amenities that locals can access.

the trendy neighbouring areas to

Numerous parks add to the ambiance

the south, Old North London is

of this very green neighbourhood.

dominated by institutions, and backs

It can be a very pedestrian-friendly

onto the University of Western

area, but bigger houses mean bigger

Ontario’s campus via the famous

blocks, and a long walk to places

Richmond Gates. It’s quiet and scenic,

like the supermarket in this heavily

a refined escape from all of the

residential area, so most homeowners

excitement offered downtown.

find cars necessary. Cyclists have

AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME

FAST FACTS

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$184,669 FAMILY STRUCTURE

FAMILIES

COUPLES

SINGLES

29%

33%

38%

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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RENTERS

61% OWNERS

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Drewlo - Cinque - 670 Garibaldi Avenue

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Panoramic Properties - Various Locations

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Medallion - 235 Rebecca Street

$900

Medallion - REVO - 700 King St. - King St. & Adelaide St. N.

$750

Killam - 180 Mill Street

Inquire

Drewlo - Wonderland & Oxford - 50, 60, 70 & 80 Capulet Lane

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Drewlo - Windermere by the River

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$690

$922

Medallion - REVO - 700 King St. - King St. & Adelaide St. N.

$750

Drewlo - City Place - Waterloo & Dundas - 405 Waterloo St.

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Drewlo - Ridout Place / Kingswell

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Gumiero Holdings - Wellington St S. & Main St E. - 140 Wellington St S.

$699

Gumiero Holdings - 70 Glenburn Crt - Queenston Rd & Centennial Parkway

$795

Pinedale - The Woodlands - 1710-1716 Main Street

$919

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Ontim - Ontario Street & Maple Avenue - 1285 Ontario Street

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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). Up 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 18  RentersGuide.ca

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.


LONDON - NORTHWEST

WINDERMERE Affordable rental suites. Located along the beautiful Thames River within walking distance to parks & more

675 Windermere Rd 1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM + DEN SUITES • 5 Appliances & In-suite Laundry • 2 Baths in 2 & 3 Bedroom Models • Oversized Balconies • Indoor Saltwater Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool & Exercise Room • Indoor Parking & Bicycle Storage Facilities • On Bus Route, Close to Shopping & Western University • Lobby & Parking Video Surveillance

877-612-9315

655 & 665 Windermere Rd 1 & 2 BEDROOM SUITES & PENTHOUSES • 3 or 5 Appliances in 1 & 2 Bedroom Models • Indoor Saltwater Pool, Exercise Room, Sauna & Whirlpool • Underground Secured Parking • Minutes to Masonville Mall, Restaurants, Banks & More • Close to University Hospital & Western University

877-294-1461

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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 20  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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LONDON - SOUTHWEST

apartment living at its finest Highview GLEN

80 & 90 Highview Ave. E. Wharncliffe & Commissioners

1 & 2 Bedrooms from $

952

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• fully equipped fitness centre & sauna • individual climate control • ensuite storage • 3 appliances

Base Line Rd E

Wharncli

Country Living – 5 Minutes from Downtown & LHSC!

ffe Rd

519.851.1537

Highview Ave E

Highland RIDGE 9 Commissioners Rd. E. Wharncliffe & Commissioners

1 & 2 Bedrooms from $

960

Utilities Included Call

519.668.0902

spectacular city views Professionally managed by

Norquay Property Management Ltd.

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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

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.

CLEANING: Ask your potential

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. PERSONAL SPACE AND

EXPENSES: Discuss beforehand

PERSONALITY: Everyone needs

how you will be paying your rent.

some private space and time.

Be sure to discuss your lifestyle preferences with your roommate so there won’t be any surprises. Ground rules are a good idea. 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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Bonaventure Meadows 2228 or 2230 Trafalgar Street (near Hwy 100 in London)

RENOVAT ED SUITES

WASHER & DRYER IN SUITE

OUTDOOR POOL • Dishwasher, Fridge & Stove • Contemporary Decor • Convenience to 401 • Parking • Private Balconies

• Hardwood Floors • 24 hour Surveillance • Ensuite Storage • Natural Gas Fireplace

519.659.6629 22  RentersGuide.ca

1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM SUITES

740

$

From

email: info@bonaventuremeadows.com

+ utilities


LONDON/SARNIA

Your rental search is over. Welcome home.

Beautiful Renovated Apartments & Townhomes in London, Sarnia, Wallaceburg & Corunna

• Great neighbourhoods • Appliances included • Close to all amenities • Excellent management Toll free#

1-855-371-1201

WALLACEBURG 750 Wallace St. 695 Wallace St.

www.panoramicproperties.ca info@panoramicproperties.ca *Prices, specifications and availabilty subject to change without notice. E&O.E. 23


INSPIRATION | HOME

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

02744

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City Living in a Park Setting

HAMILTON

ASK ABOUT OUR FULLY RENOVATED 2 BEDROOMS! WITH NEW KITCHEN & BATHROOM

1710 -1716 Main Street

905.521.0299

hamilton@pinedaleprop.com

www.pinedaleprop.com

919 1129

$ 1 Bedroom suites from $ 2 Bedroom suites from • New high-efficiency laundry facilities • On-site maintenance staff • Dedicated on-site management team and management office • Less than 10 minutes from Highway 403 & QEW

• Ample parking • Walkers Creek Trail • Minutes to McMaster University & the University Plaza • Minutes away from the University Plaza

The Evolution of Apartment Living

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ADVICE | THE RENTALIST

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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HAMILTON

Downtown 140 Wellington Street South

GUMIERO HOLDINGS

www. GumieroHoldings.com

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SINCE 1981

info@gumieroholdings.com

from

714

$

• Clean & secure building • Wheelchair accessible Call

905-529-2616

Eastgate Square 70 Glenburn Court Spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms from

847

$

• Close to all amenities • Wheelchair accessible Call

905-561-6352 caledonia 130 Argyle Street North

1 & 2 BEDROOM from

804

$

• Easy access to the Linc. • Wheelchair accessible Call

905-765-0895

01537

905.561.8000

Jr. 1, 1 & 2 BEDROOM

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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.

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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 | APARTMENTALITY

MOVING DAY TIMING YOUR MOVE TO MINIMIZE STRESS KIMBERLY LEUNG

Moving can be a real chore. Between apartment searching, paperwork, giving notice and booking movers, you’re probably finding yourself impatient to get it all over with. As excited as you might be to get out of your current place, it’s a good idea to build in a few days of overlap between your old and new lease. Having extra time to clean, pack and tie up loose ends before turning in your keys can help cut down on moving day stress. But if your old lease ends right when your new lease starts, things can get a little tricky. According to the Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario, you’re required to be moved out of your unit by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of your lease, and you can take possession of a new unit at 12 a.m. on the first day of your lease. “It’s not ideal to schedule your 30  RentersGuide.ca

move on the exact closing date of your lease,” says Nicole McNeely, marketing manager at Park Property Management. If you’re timing your moves very closely together, make sure to talk to your both your old and new landlords. In some cases, they may have some flexibility to add a couple of extra days on your lease or let you move in early, so you and your boxes won’t have to resort to couch-surfing at your great-aunt’s house. Also, If there’s currently a tenant living in the unit you’re slated to move into, it wouldn’t hurt to confirm with your new landlord that they’ll be gone by the time you’re planning on moving in, to avoid any unwelcome surprises. In the event you find yourself having to move out and in on the same day, it’s important to be organized. McNeely suggests getting in touch with the superintendent to book an elevator, if needed, and coordinating with your moving company to ensure your belongings can go straight from your unit into the truck. This way,

you’re not wasting time waiting for the movers to show up, or paying extra for your movers to wait around until the elevator opens up. Being organized also includes being fully packed and ready to go on the day of the move. McNeely estimates that it can take two people at least three days to pack a three-bedroom home, so it’s important to give yourself enough time. You may also want to arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address, so you don’t miss the delivery of any important items. Even though moving may never be your idea of fun, keeping these things in mind can help make the process headache-free. Kimberly Leung is a Toronto based communications professional with a background in online marketing and public administration. She is a freelance contributor to several publications and moonlights as volunteer grant writer and project consultant.

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BURLINGTON

$1,995

Townhouse 3 bedroom without garage (including 2 parking spots) + utilities

$2,095

Townhouse 3 bedroom with garage + utilities

Features: Upgraded units Stainless steel appliances In-suite washer and dryer Ceramic tiles and floor Private backyard Full basement Children's play area On-site management

Rental Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm; Weekends and holidays by appointment

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INSPIRATION | MARKETPLACE

Paris u’select 22cm pepper mill in black lacquer by Peugeot. $70. williamashley.com

Perfect results 4-in. round tart/ quiche pans by Wilton. $20 for set of six. amazon.ca Stainless steel cone strainer and pestle set by Weston. $65. walmart.ca

Chef apron by Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse. $30. wayfair.ca

ESSENTIALS COOKING ITEMS EVERY FRANCOPHILE NEEDS! by SARA DUCK Marble rolling pin with wooden base. $18. well.ca Global 6-in. chef’s knife. $130. crateandbarrel.com 4-piece dinnerware set in white by Sophie Conran. $60. indigo.ca

M’heritage copper 11.8-in crepe pan with cast iron handle. $400. amazon.ca 32  RentersGuide.ca


Hand held mandolin slicer by OXO Softworks. $21. walmart.ca

Narrow walnut spoon. $20. cb2.com

Heart cocotte in cerise. $250. lecreuset.ca

Tekla tea-towel. $.99. ikea.ca

Brand name coffee press. $40. homesense.ca

Reusable bread bag by Dans le Sac. $20. well.ca

1, 2 & 3 BDRM. SUITES • Utilities and windows coverings included • Individually controlled heat and A/C • Indoor heated pool, sauna & fitness Centre • Outdoor sundeck, tennis courts BBQ areas & playground • Recreational activities • Close to the GO station, QEW, 407, 403 Hwys, Joseph Brant Hospital, Spencer Smith Park • Parking available

905-639-8583 1285 ONTARIO STREET

(At Maple Avenue) Burlington, ON

burlingtontowers.com

407

Ontario Street

QEW

Lakeshore Road

To Hamilton

Joseph Brant Hospital

Lake Ontario

Brant Street

BURLINGTON TOWERS

nue e Ave Mapl

To Toronto

Mapleview Shopping Centre

01543

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Unfurnished

Copper measuring cups. $37 for set of four. crateandbarrel.com

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Your nexthome is here! WILLOW-WESTWOOD RD - 199 Westwood Rd. 3 bdrm townhome $1069+ utils, 4 bdrm townhome $1169/ mo + Utils Fridge/stove incld. Full basements. Fenced backyards. Current Wait List. Call (519)8372944

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ST. CATHARINES

Your rental search is over. Welcome home.

Beautiful Renovated Apartments & Townhomes in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Thorold & Welland

• Beautifully Renovated • Five appliances included • Excellent neighbourhoods close to all amenities • Private courtyards and garden walk-out balconies • Outdoor inground pool

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40 Front St.

WELLAND 155 Hagar St.

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luxury rentals on king street in London

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Why rent someplace old, when you can rent someplace that’s brand new! 400 LYLE STREET

These smartly designed suites (many with den options) offer many of the luxuries of condo living, but at rental prices. Not only that, everyday conveniences, green spaces, funky coffee houses, London Transit, Budweiser Gardens and more, are practically outside your door. › Concierge / Security › 24 hour Fitness Centre › Party Room / Games Room › Study Lounge / Library › Screening Room › 24 hour ground floor laundry › Secured underground parking › Secured bike storage room › And more

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South Western Ontario Renters Guide - Feb 17, 2018  

A NextHome Publication

South Western Ontario Renters Guide - Feb 17, 2018  

A NextHome Publication