Call our Rental Hotline at 519-342-0608 x 2 or email email@example.com. Viewings can be scheduled for the next day, and in some cases, the same day. We try our best to give our current residents 24-hours notice for viewings.
Call 519-342-0608 x 2 to cancel your viewing or email firstname.lastname@example.org as much in advance as possible.
Please wait outside for the leasing agent if he or she is not already there for you. Do not knock on the front door, even if you are early. Remember that we want to be respectful of the current residents.
- how many people you want to share a living space with
- who you want your housemates to be
- what your budget is
- how far you're willing to live away from campus
- how close the nearest bus stop is and what routes service that area
Apartments are rented to both single and group applicants. Our houses are only open to groups.
You will need to place a deposit (immediate payment) of last month's rent to secure the room in your name. This is a non-refundable deposit. The deposit secures the room/suite/house for 5 days, at which time all lease documents need to be completed, and key deposit and rent payments arranged to complete the rental agreement.
The last month's rent deposit is not refundable. See below for key deposit info.
A $200 refundable key deposit must be paid within FIVE days of the initial deposit. It can be paid by debit, credit or post-dated cheque. You can post-date the cheque to be cashed on the 1st day of your lease.
The key deposit is refundable, as long as you return ALL keys/fobs by the last date of your lease. A key deposit return cheque will be issued to you on the last day of your lease.
The key deposit is not a security deposit. Key deposits are legal. Unreturned keys take time and money to replace locks and keys.
Late fee charge per key that is returned late at a rate of $25 for keys and $60 for FOBs.
We offer three-year leases with the option to terminate after one year, or to renew for up to 3 years at the same rental price.
There is a sample copy of our lease located on our Resource page.
You will be able to print out a personalized lease, only after you (and your entire group) have made a deposit and started the online lease process. When you make a deposit, we send you a link in your email to begin filling out a personal information form. The lease is created using your information and from there, the link outlines instructions to complete the rest of the lease documentation.
Short answer: it's easy!
In more detail, follow these steps:
- When you make a deposit on a rental, we send a link to your email to kick-start the lease process. The lease is to be completed entirely online. If you do not receive this link in your email, check your junk mail to make sure it didn't end up there. If it's not in your inbox or junk mail, call the office at 519.342.0608 x 1 or send an email to email@example.com to see if we can resend it or correct a wrong email address.
- Once you have the email, click on the link and follow the step-by-step instructions.
- If you are part of a group of 2 or more, you must ALL complete your section of the lease in order for the whole lease to be complete. Even if you have completed your section, your lease is not done until your roommates complete their parts.
- All lease documents are due within FIVE days after making a deposit. It is always best to complete everything in your package in this time to avoid admin fees and to ensure that you don't forget anything. Promotions or limited time offers may expire if you don't complete your lease in time.
- Once you have handed in everything, be sure to go back to the link and double check that you are completely finished.
If you have questions after you have read through all instructions and the whole lease, let us help you by calling or emailing a Domus rep.
For initial deposits: debit, certified cheque, or credit card*.
For key deposits: debit, certified cheque, post-dated cheque, credit card*.
For rent payments: a Pre-Authorized Debit form or post-dated cheques
Ease for all parties, and for you to take advantage of the lawful rent that is discounted every month. Your method of payment is required as part of your lease package, which is due within five days of making a deposit.
Having a guarantor for your lease is very similar to getting a co-signer for a mortgage. It ensures the landlord will get paid if a tenant does not pay the rent. In the majority of cases, a student's parents act as the guarantor. Therefore, if you do not pay your rent, expect your landlord to call your parents. Nobody wants that to happen! The guarantor form requires:
- students to find a guarantor before the lease can be finalized
- the guarantor to agree to pay outstanding rent if the tenant does not pay
- the guarantor to be a citizen/permanent resident of Canada and to have a full-time job (proof may be requested)
If you do not have anyone to sign as a guarantor, you can talk to our Lease Advisors about setting up a Guarantor Fund (two months of prepaid rent in lieu of a guarantor).
Yes. In the waiver you sign as part of the leasing package, it states that tenants' belongings should be insured, either by renter's insurance or extended coverage under their parent/guardian's home insurance. Likewise, our management agrees to respond to all issues brought to their attention promptly and within the guidelines of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2008.
No, Domus Student Housing houses and apartments are shared accommodations and do not accept pets.
Our houses and apartments are non-smoking buildings. Smoking inside, on a balcony, or within 10 feet of the building is against the conditions of the lease and will result in a $200 charge. You can be fined by the City of Waterloo By-Law Enforcement.
You will receive a Deficiencies List in your move-in package to write down anything that is not working or broken. This list is to be submitted to us within 1 week of move-in so that we can assess the list, inform the landlord, and make improvements.
Visit www.domusresidents.com to fill out and upload deficiencies upon move-in.
Throughout the year, our Resident Services team is available by phone/email during regular office hours. They can be reached at 519.342.0608 x 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For after hours emergencies please contact via phone: 519.342.0608 x 9. Be prepared to leave a message including your name, phone number, property, and unit number, as well as a brief description of the issue.
Maintenance requests are taken into consideration and consulted by our property admin and the landlord, and plans are communicated to our tenants. Emergencies (i.e. leaks, broken roofs, etc.) will be handled promptly.
When you find a subletter, it's a good idea to have something in writing confirming your agreement. Complete a sublet contract and send in a copy to email@example.com so that we have it on file.
You can find a sample sublet form under the resources above for your use (the form is not required).
Sublets must be a student that is attending a university or college institution. Domus requires a copy of their government-issued ID and student ID and their contact information to be approved.
Please note that you are still the tenant, and you are now acting like a "landlord" for your subletter. You will continue to pay rent to Domus, and you are responsible for collecting rent from your subletter.
Domus offers a tip sheet and a generic Sublet Contract for you to modify and use. We do not advertise or do viewings to help sublet your room.
No, unless you talk to your roommates and get it in writing that this is acceptable.
Bottom line - communicate with everyone to avoid problems.
A replacement is an individual who will take over your entire lease contract and agrees to all the same terms as your original lease.
When a replacement is found, a $275-$495 administration fee is charged. Replacements are required to submit all required documents and payments and be approved as tenants before you are released from your contract.
Our apartments is not residence. We do not govern behaviour, and, therefore, we expect our tenants to communicate and sort out any issues among themselves. For legal advice, the Landlord and Tenant Board can be contacted.
We assign rooms in apartments. For houses, it is up to the group to assign rooms among themselves.
Rent varies according to location, amenities, and features. In Waterloo, it can be anywhere from $500-$1500, and higher for a 1-bedroom or bachelor apartment. The cost of living often goes down as the number of residents increases. Living with a few roommates is an effective way to keep costs down. Pricing for our available properties can be found on our website listings or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! Or call our rentals team at 519.342.0608 x 2 for more specific rental prices.
Most of Domus' houses & apartments come with the majority of utilities covered by the landlord. Utilities are not included in the rent; however, as outlined in the lease, if you pay your rent on time, the landlord agrees to pay some of your utilities at a set price of $35. You are encouraged to pay on time to avoid paying extra for your utilities.
If you decide on housing that does not include this offer and utilities are the tenant’s responsibility, you can expect to pay roughly $45-65 per month for electricity, heat, and water. In this case, tenants are responsible for setting up their own utility accounts.
Accounts must be presented to a Domus Representative before moving in.
It depends. Some buildings have internet included, and others do not.
We are the link between landlords and students, handling all housing related issues for both parties. Using a property management company does not cost students anything; it is the landlord's preference and cost.
- Help with your search, providing a number of viable options and taking the hassle out of looking for accommodations
- A standardized process for seeking student housing
- Help in narrowing your search to meet specific needs
- Professional and timely service
- Help with the application process
- Property maintenance services (i.e. lawn care and snow removal) included in the rent
Yes, at most houses, it is usually included. For our apartments, it is usually a fixed rate.
There is no visitor parking at any of our buildings. Please ensure that guests find proper parking accommodations that follow the city by-laws. For overnight parking with the city, please ensure that your car is signed up for overnight parking to avoid getting ticketed or towed. You can find the overnight parking application here.
If you require rent receipts, please email email@example.com with the following information to get your rent receipt: Property and unit, what year you need the receipt for, legal name (if different than the name on file). Please allow 24-48 hours for your rent receipts after requesting them from our finance team.
Internet is provided at most of our apartments. If you are having trouble connecting to the internet at your building, please contact the service provider. This information can be found at www.domusresidents.com/building/. You may have to send an email,call them or open up a service ticket, depending on which building you live in.
Call our Rental Hotline at 519.572.0278 or 1.855.MY.DOMUS or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewings can be scheduled for next day and in some cases same day. We try our best to give our current residents 24-hours notice for viewings.
Call 519.342.0608 x 2 to cancel your viewing, in as much advance as you can or email email@example.com