Renting in Toronto is a daunting and intimidating process. When I began looking for apartments on my own about two months ago, I became despondent after either not hearing back from landlords or viewing units just weren’t right for me.
Things all turned around when I decided to take up a friend’s recommendation to contact her realtors, Mike Legault and Aman Bhatti, who had previously helped her find a wonderful home in Cabbagetown.
As soon as I sent the first text message, Aman got the ball rolling. Within 24 hours of sharing with Aman what I was hoping for in terms of location, budget, and type of housing, he swiftly compiled a list of 7 units that all corresponded to what I was looking for.
I felt an immediate sense of relief and joy when I received Aman’s email, as I had previously spent months scouring Viewit, Kijiji, and Padmapper on my own to little avail.
The next day, Aman promptly arranged appointments to view the apartments with me and I was so heartened when I finally got to meet him. At the viewings, he struck me as very attentive, warm, and trustworthy. He endeavoured to answer all my questions and to make sure the space was right for me. It was at the second apartment to which he brought me — a spacious, second-storey unit with large windows and high ceilings on a leafy street near Dufferin Grove — that I knew I had met the right person.
I was very keen to rent this apartment, and Aman was immediately prepared to help me submit the strongest possible application. With calm and clear guidance, he steered me through the process and advised me along every step of the way. As the landlord reviewed my submissions, Aman advocated on my behalf in real-time and also found ways for me to bolster the landlord’s confidence in my candidacy.
Less than a week after I had first reached out to the Heaps Estrin team, I secured the keys to the apartment and began moving in the first boxes. I’m so glad Aman and I were connected and I regret not reaching out sooner. I’m thrilled with the apartment Aman found me and I feel immense gratitude every day after work when I come home to my new space.