Accommodation for Newcomers in Dartmouth
Immigration Accommodation in Dartmouth
As a new immigrant arriving in Dartmouth one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Dartmouth for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Dartmouth may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Dartmouth take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Dartmouth, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Dartmouth is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Dartmouth guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Dartmouth as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Dartmouth is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Dartmouth for new immigration arrivals.
Dartmouth ( DART-məth) is a former city and current community located in the Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada. Dartmouth is located on the eastern shore of Halifax Harbour. Dartmouth has been nicknamed the City of Lakes, after the large number of lakes located within its boundaries.
On April 1, 1996, the provincial government amalgamated all the municipalities within the boundaries of Halifax County into a single-tier regional government named the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Dartmouth and its neighbouring city of Halifax, the town of Bedford and the Municipality of the County of Halifax were dissolved. The city of Dartmouth forms part of the urban core of the larger regional municipality and is officially designated as part of the “capital district” by the Halifax Regional Municipality. At the time that the City of Dartmouth was dissolved, the provincial government altered its status to a separate community to Halifax; however, its status as part of the metropolitan “Halifax” urban core existed prior to municipal reorganization in 1996.
Dartmouth is still an official geographic name that is used by all levels of government for legal purposes, postal service, mapping, 9-1-1 emergency response, municipal planning, and is recognized by the Halifax Regional Municipality as a civic addressing community. The official place name did not change, due to the confusion with similar street names, land use planning set out by the former “City of Dartmouth,” and significant public pressure. Today the same development planning for Downtown Dartmouth and the rest of the region is still in force, as well as specific bylaws created prior to April 1, 1996.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Dartmouth
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Dartmouth may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Dartmouth can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Dartmouth
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Dartmouth varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Dartmouth use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Dartmouth and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Dartmouth for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Dartmouth were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Dartmouth area.
All renters in Dartmouth have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Dartmouth to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Dartmouth
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Dartmouth this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.