Is furniture included?
We rent out apartments and rooms both with and without furniture. Renting a furnished room or furnished apartment is a practical solution if you do not have your own furniture or if you live a long way from Halifax. The room is completely furnished with a bed, bedside table, writing desk, work chair, and shelves. Later on, you can add your own touches with lamps, ornaments and pictures (and more furniture if you want to). The furniture you rent must still be in the room on the day you move out.
Should I have Homeowners insurance?
You should have your own insurance irrespective of whether you rent a corridor room or apartment. Moore Student Suites insurance does not cover damage to your own belongings. Since you are the contract holder you are responsible and liable if damage occurs to the property as a result of your action, or through carelessness or negligence by anybody who belongs to your household or visits you ( even when you have permission to sublet).
I like the apartment – what are the next steps if I’m interested in renting it ?
There is an application which we ask you to fill out. After this is approved, usually after a few days, we typically require one half months rent as a security deposit and a standard form of lease signed. Click here for sample copies of the
Do you rent only to students?
Since most of our apartments are located near Dalhousie university and Saint Mary’s University, we primarily rent to students in these areas but we rent to working professionals and families as well.
How long must I rent for?
Our rental periods are flexible and range from 4 months to 1 year. The short term rentals in Halifax are mostly furnished apartments or rooms and include all utilities and internet/cable. The shorter monthly rentals are a great option for international students or other students who cant’t commit to a long term lease.
How do I pick up the keys?
A Moore Student Suites representative can arrange for a time to meet you with a set of keys upon arrival and answer any questions you may have.
How and when do I pay the rent?
We accept email/ wire transfers, postdated cheques or cash. Rent is typically due on the first day of each month and in some cases we offer discounts, typically around 5% if you prepay upfront.
Are utilities, wi-fi, and cable included in the rent?
This depends on the suite and building you are renting in. Some suites such as those at Mary Queen of Scots are all-inclusive while others exclude utilities and wi-fi. In this case, it is the tenants responsibility to contact NS Power and an internet provider to arrange services.
If utilities are not included in the rent, what do you recommend ?
- Nova Scotia Power recommends you call to set up an account 7-10 days before you need your power connected. See the NS Power webpage for students to learn more.
- Halifax Water provides water, wastewater and stormwater services in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). If you need to set up an account, see the Halifax Water website to learn more.
- Home Heating Oil
- Many homes in the HRM are heated with oil burners. For a list of companies that provide home oil deliveries, see the Yellow Pages Fuel Oil listings.
- Telephone, Internet & Television
- Several different service providers offer telephone, Internet or television service in the HRM. Both BellAliant and Eastlink offer all three services individually or in bundles.
How much will utilities cost?
Below is a sample of some common living/ lifestyle expenses to give you an idea about the cost of living in Halifax. Also keep in mind that hooking up services, such as electricity, will involve a one-time connection fee. Costs are provided as estimates only.
- Hot water cost per (two person) household
$29.75/month (120 litres/day)
- Electricity/home heating
$90-$110/month (varies based on consumption, method of heat and apartment size)
$25/month (local basic service)
Long distance varies
- Cable television
$20/month (basic service)
$65+/month (digital service)
How is garbage handled?
- Separate Your Waste
Blue Bag Recycling:
Items to be recycled go in blue garbage bags that can be purchased in the garbage bag section of the supermarket. Recycled items include glass, cans, plastics and cartons. Go to the HRM recylcing webpage http://www.halifax.ca/recycle/recycling.php to learn more.
- Paper Recycling:
Newspaper and dry, clean paper can also go out for recycling every week. Paper must be placed in a separate grocery bag or clear garbage bag.
- Green Cart Composting:
All your organic waste, including food waste, cereal boxes and paper towels, go in your green cart or compost bin. Go to the HRM green cart webpage to learn more. http://www.halifax.ca/recycle/greencart.php
Any waste you can’t recycle or compost is garbage. It goes in a black, green or brown garbage bag. Go to the HRM garbage webpage to learn more. http://www.halifax.ca/recycle/garbage.php?output=xml_no_dtd&site=NSMUN_HRM&client=NSMUN_HRM&proxystylesheet=NSMUN_HRM&q=Garbage
- Household Hazardous Waste:
Hazardous waste, including batteries, paint and motor oil, must be taken to a household hazardous waste disposal depot. Go to the HRM hazardous waste webpage to learn more. http://www.halifax.ca/recycle/hhw.php
- Collection Day and Schedules
Garbage is collected one week and Green Cart the following week.
- Recyclables (blue bags & paper) are collected EVERY WEEK.
- Ask your neighbours which day garbage is collected on your street or check and print out the collection schedule provided on the HRM website. http://www.halifax.ca/recycle/area1and2.php. The downtown and peninsula area of Halifax is listed as Area 1.
- Complete and return your inspection report
You will be given an inspection report when you receive your keys. Please inspect the standard of your apartment or room when you move in. Return the inspection report to Moore Student Suites within three days. The report is for both our own and your documentation, which is important when you move out. If we don’t receive your inspection report, you may be charged for all damages found in your room at your departure. However, please note that this report will not lead to any reparations or replacements.
2. Is anything missing or broken- make a fault report
If you find anything that is broken in your apartment, make a fault report. We can provide you with this form or you can download and print from the following link http://www.novascotia.ca/sns/pdf/ans-residential-tenancies-rental-unit-conditiion-report.pdf . Maintenance by the caretakers is free of charge. If you contact the caretaker at the beginning of the semester, please be patient. The caretakers usually have a lot to do when many tenants move at the same time. Urgent problems will be prioritized. Note that you are responsible for buying and changing of light bulbs.
- You are responsible for cleaning your own apartment. It’s important that you keep your kitchen, bedroom, living room, windows and bathroom cleaned, to keep the standard of the apartment. You are responsible for buying detergents used for cleaning yourself. Remember to use environment friendly detergents.
Shared kitchen: kitchen duty
- If you are renting a room in a corridor or Newman House, the kitchen will be shared with around ten students. As a responsible house mate you are expected to take your turn on kitchen duties. There is usually a list in the kitchen on which you can sign up for the week (s) that you will be expected to see that the garbage is carried out, and stove counters, oven, refrigerator, freezer, windows and tables are cleaned.
- The students are responsible for buying detergents used for cleaning the kitchen themselves. Remember to use environmentally friendly detergents. Often the students living together will have a common fund to buy common supplies.
Do you have your own contract for electricity, cable or internet supply? Remember to terminate it at the latest 30 days before your move otherwise you will end up paying for the next tenants electricity consumption.
How do I move my stuff?
Most students either move their belongings by themselves either in their own vehicle or a rental truck or hire a full service moving company. Freshman moving and storage is a student run company in Halifax which offers professional and affordable moving and storage services. You can contact them at www.freshmanservices.com or 902. 440.0453 for a free estimate!
Inspection of room/apartment
When you move out, Moore Student Suites will inspect your apartment. The room/apartment must be emptied of your personal furniture and thoroughly cleaned. If you have removed equipment, such as furniture, interior doors, cupboard doors, or hardware (hinges, doorknobs, etc.), they must be replaced before the inspection. You must remove any stickers or tape and you must repair any holes in the walls. Ask your caretaker for instructions. We use an inspection check list for the inspection, it includes amongst others, the following checks:
• that inventory items, equipment and surfaces (i.e. floors, cupboards, doors) are not damaged or missing
• that any renovation or repair performed by the tenant has been done professionally
• the living environment of the room/apartment (i.e. ventilation, dampness)
• electrical and fire safety, water damage
• if there is any need for maintenance
• that everything is thoroughly cleaned and tidy
Clean up yourself and save you money!
Your apartment must be cleaned when you move. According to the tenancy agreement, the next tenant has the right to move into a thoroughly cleaned apartment. If the apartment has not been properly cleaned when you leave it, we must charge you for the cost of professional cleaning. Cleaning charges vary depending on the extent of the cleaning required. Below are some listed examples for cleaning charges incurred if you do not clean properly. Prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.
- Cleaning of bathroom $75
- Intensive cleaning of 1 room + kitchenette $225
- Cleaning of shower stall $60
- Cleaning of refrigerator/ freezer $60
- Cleaning of toilet, wash basin and mirror $60
Prices given are examples. Actual costs will depend entirely on how much time it will take to clean the room to a standard which Moore Student Suites deems as proper. Please note that it is Moore Student Suites inspector who decides whether a room has been cleaned properly.
When we work to improve the environment, we do so in a double sense. For us, a healthy and inspiring living environment is just as important as biodiversity, and it can be increasingly seen on our residential sites, in comfort as well as in greenery.
Our aim is so far as possible to limit our environmental impact, while also preventing the occurrence of new environmental problems. We also work actively towards developing environmentally-conscious living, and husbanding resources in the form of materials, energy, and water.
We do this by:
1.staying one step ahead of relevant legislation and other requirements;
environmentally adapting purchasing, operation, and property maintenance
2.setting environmental requirements for suppliers and contractors
3.establishing an organisation and responsibilities for environmental work
4.making use of more energy-efficient technology
5.disseminating knowledge of relevant environmental issues
6.encouraging our tenants to take an active part in environmental work