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Is this site free? Preferential placement and multi-ads

Yes and no. It's free for apartment searches and listings, displaying the maps, Your selections section (tenants console), etc.

But to list apartments for rent, only basic ads are free. There are three types of ads: free basic ads, monthly ads and multi-ads.

Basic free ads do not include photos or a link to your web site. It does not offer preferential placement either. These ads are limited to a 2 week duration but can be extended for free.

The other two types of ads, monthly ads and multi-ads, let you pay an initial and very affordable placement fee. You can also select preferential placement for these ads. If you choose preferential placement, your ads will always be at the top of the lists and search results where your ads would appear. It is the best way to increase your ads' vibility on the site. You can add photos for these ads and a link to your website if you have one. Ads with photos are seen 2,5 times more often than ads withouth them and ads with preferential placement are seen 4,75 times more often. These ads start at $3.99 plus taxes for 2 weeks without preferential placement.

With multi-ads, you can advertise many apartments in one ad or have one apartment appear in more than on section (in the Annual rental and Short term rental sections for example). One multi-ad can replace many single monthly ads and will appear in all the sections those single ads would have appeared. The main advantage of multi-ads is the reduction of advertising costs.

There are no refunds for ads placed on the site.

For more information on placing ads, please visit the Place an ad section.

How can I add an apartment? How can I add photos?

Just click on the "Place an ad" link on the main page :

  1. You must first indicate the type of rental (annual lease, short term rental, to share or to exchange). The select the number of rooms in the apartment, just pick one from the list. If you have a room available (if you are looking for a roommate), select "Room" in the middle of the list.
  2. You must then select a neighbourdhood in the list the district where the apartment is located.
  3. Then, specify the monthly rent. If the rent includes electricity, heat, parking, etc... you can select the appropriate options in the second section.
  4. The next field to enter is your e-mail or phone number where you can be reached for more information. If yo don't want to phone number to appear on the ad, you can check the confidentiality box but you must at least enter one number so we can contact you to validate the ad or in case of problems.
  5. The password if mandatory, it is used to remove the apartment from the site. It has to be at least one character long but not more than 10 characters. It can contain letters and/or numbers.
  6. The description of the apartment is a way to add complementary information, therefore you don't have to include information that is present in other parts of the form. The description can't be more than 512 characters long. For free basic ads, you can not include a website address in your description.
  7. The information in the second section is optional. These fields are : the exact address of the apartment (make sure the name of the street is spelled correctly since it can be used in the apartment search), closest metro station (make sure it is the correct spelling because it can be used for searches), type of housing ("duplex/triplex/etc" or apartment builings), a checkbox if the heat is included in the rent, another checkbox if the electricity is included, a third checkbox if the apartment is on the ground floor (for people who want access to the backyard or are in a wheel chair or have children, etc), you can specify if the apartment is furnished (yes or no) or with some furniture (stove and refrigerator usually), there are also checkboxes for parking spaces (included in the rent) and fireplaces.
  8. If you chose a paid ad, you can add photos by checking the "I want to include up to 6 photos in my ad" box.
  9. Click on the "Place the ad" button.
  10. If you check the box to include photos, you will then see a form to select the photo files from your computer.
  11. If you chose an ad paid by credit card, you will then see a secured payment form. Once the transaction is completed, your listing will added to the site.
  12. There are no refunds for ads placed on the site.

I have problems including photos with my ad

To include photos with your ad, you can check the box at the bottom of the Place an ad form, as described in the section above. If you do not have photos at the time you placed your ad, you can modify your ad (Modify an ad in the Manage ads section) and checking the box at the bottom of the form. In both cases, your photos have to be in JPG format and can't be larger than 750 KB. Most digital camera generate large files of many megabytes (1 MB = 1000 KB). This is useful for printing but not the the web. These large files are too heavy for our server and take up a lot of time to upload. We suggest that you reduce the dimensions of your photos. Photos should be 800 x 600 pixels maximum or 600 x 800 pixels for vertical photos. This site reduce them to those dimensions anyway. If you do not have photos at all, you can always do a screen capture of the front of the building on Google Streetview available on Google Maps. If you still are having problems uploading your photos, you can email them to us at apartments@moremontreal.com, don't forget to mention the corresponding ad's reference number.

What is the difference between a "duplex/triplex/etc" and an apartment building? What does the ½ stand for

A logement in a duplex/triplex/etc has its own address (no apartment number) and has its own door that leads directly outside (except for the apartments on the last floor). An apartment usually is in a large building and its door leads into a corridor. The difference may seem trivial but it's important for some people. As for the ½, it's suppose to be the european way to tell how many rooms are in the apartment (what does it actually stand for, good question!!). The most popular explanation is that it represents the bathroom which makes sense since at one time, long ago, the toilets were outside the buildings. Using the ½ would then be a polite way to indicate indoor toilets (thanks to the person who sent me the e-mail on this subject).

How do I do an apartment search?

To do an apartment search, you just have to click on the "Search" button on the main page, fill out the appropriate field on the form and click on the button at the bottom of it. There are no mandatory field but if you want a more precise search, just fill out more fields. These fields are :

  1. number of rooms : you can select one or more number of rooms from the list. To select more than one number of rooms, press the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking with the left mouse button on your selection (some browsers let you make multiple selection without the CTRL key). If you are looking for a roommate, just select "Rooms and roommates" at the bottom of the list. If you select "All" or do not make any selection, then the number of rooms won't be considered in the search.
  2. district(s): you can select one or more districts from the list. To select more than one district, press the CTRL key on your keybord while clicking with the left mouse button on your selection (some browsers let you make multiple selection without the CTRL key). If you select "All" or do not make any selection, then the district won't be considered in the search.
  3. rent : if you don't want to pay more than a certain amount for the rent, just enter that amount in the field. If you don't enter any amount, then the rent won't be considered in the search. Don't enter 0 because it will look for an apartment that has a monthly rent lower than 0.
  4. street name : if you are looking for an apartment on a specific street, just enter the name of that street but be careful about the spelling.
  5. metro station : if you are looking for an apartment near a specific metro station, just enter the name of that station but be careful about the spelling.
  6. type of housing : duplex/triplex/etc or apartment building (the "either" button means that the search won't take it into either type into account).
  7. heat included : it says it all!
  8. electricity; included : again, it says it all!
  9. ground floor : if you want an apartment on the ground floor, check this box...
  10. furnished : if you want the apartment to be fully furnished (yes), or with some furniture (some ... usually the refrigerator and the stove) or no furniture or appliances at all (no), just check the corresponding button; the "either" button means that the search won't take furnishings into account.
  11. fireplace : rare but always interesting.
  12. parking included : if you want a reserved space for your car.

I can't see the maps, why?

There are three ways you can see the maps with the location of the apartments displayed on them, but either ways you need a browser that has Javascript enabled (all browser that I know of have Javascript support). Here's how you can see them :

  1. select a district in district list of the "Maps" section on the map page and then click "Let's go!". A page with the map at the bottom will then be displayed (a text explaining how the maps work is displayed at the top of the page). If you can't see the map, then either your browser does not have Javascript enabled. Check the preferences / options of your browser. N.B The maps take a couple of seconds to display, so be patient.
  2. go to one of the list of apartments ("List" section on the main page) then go to one of the category and select an apartment from the list. If the district where the apartment is located has a map, it will be displayed at the bottom of the information page.
  3. do an apartment search ("Search" button on the main page), select an apartment from the list of results. If the district where the apartment is located has a map, it will be displayed at the bottom of the information page.

How do I remove an apartment?

Click on the "Manage ads" button on the main page and the click on Remove an ad, a form will then be displayed. Enter the reference number and the password of the apartment (they were given when you added the apartment). Once you click on the "remove the apartment" button, it will be taken off the lists and the maps.

I lost my reference number and/or my password, what do I do?

If you lost your reference number given when you added your ad, then go to that ad for your apartment and the reference number is now displayed at the top of it (i.e.. Ref. no). As for the password, you will have to go to the Retrieve a lost password or reference number form.

I added an apartment but I can't see it!

The ads for the apartments are added automatically to the site but you have to click on the "reload" button of your browser to see it.

I am looking for a roommate, how do I do it?

There are two ways to find a roommate on the site. If you already have an apartment and are offering a room, just add your ad (see the How can I add an apartment? section). If you don't have an apartment but you are looking for a room, click on the "Search" button on the main page and select "Rooms and roommates" at the bottom of the list of number of rooms and click on the "search" button at the bottom of that search form.

How do I make comments?

If you want to make a comment on the site or have a question, you can e-mail us at info@toutmontreal.com. But do not ask me for information on a particular apartment. I only run the site, the landlords add the ads so contact directly the person who added the ad for more information (I couldn't help you anyway). And please, do not ask me to help you find an apartment, I don't offer that kind of service. Thank you for your understanding.

There is no district for my apartment, what can I do?

If you can't find a district that matches your apartment, you can send a suggestion for a new district to info@toutmontreal.com. You will be contacted if the new district is added.

What are the Internet resources on housing? What are my rights as a tenant/landlord?

Here are some links that could be useful to know your rights as a tenant :

  • Régie du logement (www.rdl.gouv.qc.ca), informations and forms.
  • FRAPRU (www.frapru.qc.ca), le front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain intervient pour la défense et l'amélioration des conditions de logement et de vie de la population à faible revenu.
  • Atelier habitation Montréal Inc. (www.microtec.net/ahm), groupe de ressources techniques en habitation dont l'objectif principal est d'aider à la réalisation de projets d'habitation coopérative, autogérée et sans but lucratif.
  • Habitat For Humanity Montreal (vitrine-sur-montreal.qc.ca/habitat-mtl), bringing affordable housing to deserving Montreal area families.
  • Société d'habitation du Québec (www.shq.gouv.qc.ca), agency responsible for housing policy and programs in Quebec and acts as the main advisory body to the Gouvernement du Quebec in this area.

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