Best Homes for Rent in Ottawa

5 Best Homes For Rent In Ottawa

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You might find yourself moving somewhere in the city for work, school, or other reasons. If it’s a temporary setup, you’re better off searching for the best homes for rent in Ottawa.

Today’s listicle aims to provide a good resource for families, couples, and individuals for temporary homes within great locations.

Toward the end of the article, you can find some FAQs to answer concerns and issues about rental homes, too.

Are Homes for Rent in Ottawa Costly?

The average rent in Ottawa depends a lot on the neighbourhood. For instance, a family or group on a budget that needs a four-bedroom house could find affordable homes in Chapel Hill and Carelton Heights below $2,000 a month.

Westboro, Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, and City View are some of the most expensive neighbourhoods to rent a four-bedroom house in. They can go for $3,000 and above.

Of course, there are other kinds of homes for rent like apartments and condo units. To guide you, we created a table below with the last quarter-of-the-year average rent amounts indicated.

HOME FOR RENTAVERAGE MONTHLY RENT
One-bedroom apartment$1,495
Studio apartment$1,199
Two-bedroom apartment$1,850
Three-bedroom house$2,200
Four-bedroom house$2,763

The Best Homes for Rent in Ottawa

Now that you have an idea of the types of homes for rent (and the neighbourhoods that have them), let’s take a closer look at the best homes for rent in Ottawa.

We selected the ones in this listicle with the following criteria in mind:

Accommodations for long or short-term rents
Competitive rates in safe, quiet neighbourhoods
Near amenities and other conveniences

1. Residences at Kanata Lakes (Bayview Hospitality Group)

Residences at Kanata Lakes' Homepage
SERVICESLong and short-term rental options for furnished and unfurnished suites and apartments in the heart of Kanata
ADDRESS1100 Canadian Shield Avenue, Kanata, Ontario K2K 0K9
CONTACT NUMBER613.270.2052
[email protected]
WEBSITEhttp://kanatalakesresidences.com
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

The Residences at Kanata Lakes already sounds picturesque, but it promises tenants a couple more attractive features. 

For starters, it’s within walking distance to Kanata Lakes, public parks, and surrounding greenery. This makes it a great spot for outdoorsy types and those who simply want to be closer to nature.

The units are also close to several conveniences, including amenities for dining, shopping, transportation, and entertainment. Even those with active lifestyles can keep fit with the well-equipped fitness centre, large indoor saltwater pool, and ample bike parking.

The Residences at Kanata Lakes are open for both short and long-term options. Residents can take their pick between one and two-bedroom unfurnished or furnished layouts with gas, water, and other basic amenities (like suite cleaning services) available.

The downside is that unfurnished suites are only available for lease for a minimum of one year. This option might not be the best one for those who are only staying in the area for a couple of months.

Pros

  • Accessible to nature and walkable pathways
  • Available for monthly, weekly, and annual rental
  • Plenty of amenities in the building and surrounding areas
  • Units can be rented furnished or unfurnished

Cons

  • Unfurnished units are for annual rents only
  • No BBB accreditation
  • The office is closed on weekends

Customer Reviews

Best place to rent for a peaceful life

“We rented an apartment there for a year and have to say it’s one of the best places to rent to live a peaceful life. The staff especially Ms. Holly, manager of the property and Mr. David at the front desk are really great. They are very responsible and responsive. The common areas are always clean. Awesome place to live.” – Sri Lakshmi Vadlamani

Common areas are well kept

“Excellent place and the management is the best one I have worked with since I started renting over 10 years ago. I have lived at Residences at Kanata Lakes since April of 2020 and I’m really happy with how well kept all the common areas are, how promptly Holly replies to all our e-mails/requests/questions, and how friendly everyone is. The location is amazing as well. Super close to grocery stores, banks, restaurants, shoppers, etc. I highly recommend staying here, whether it is for a long or short term rental.” – Karla Cisneros

2. The Beckett Ottawa (District Realty)

The Beckett Ottawa's Homepage
SERVICESMulti-residential apartment tower and enclave in the heart of downtown Ottawa
ADDRESS192 Bronson Avenue Ottawa, ON K1R 0E7
CONTACT NUMBER613.317.8848
[email protected]
WEBSITEhttps://thebeckettottawa.com
OPERATING HOURSBy appointment

If you’ve always wanted to live in the heart of downtown Ottawa, renting a unit at The Beckett might be the way to go about it. It believes that location is everything, and what better location for busy office-goers and business people who need to rent in the area?

It offers sleek and modern upscale apartment living within a bustling environment. Rentals are available as bachelor, one-bedroom, two-bedroom units, and penthouse suites.

The Beckett is a pet-friendly place that’s built with breathtaking views and high-style finishes and features. 

There are over 80 floor plans to choose from with each one having tight security, six appliances, window coverings, and access to great amenities like ball courts, a fitness centre, storage lockers, and more.

The downside is that the only utility included with rent is gas, as water and hydro are extra. This is a bit disappointing as the starting rental rate of $1,550 a month is a bit higher than the Ottawa averages.

Pros

  • Accessible to the Ottawa business district
  • Pet-friendly units and amenities
  • Over 80 floor plans are available
  • District Realty is BBB-accredited with an Aᐩ rating

Cons

  • Slightly higher base monthly rates
  • Doesn’t include a swimming pool for residents
  • Only gas is included in rental utility

Customer Reviews

Always on top of everything

“I’ve lived with District for over a year and a half and I have never had a problem with management. Notices for fire tests and maintenance were always delivered in a timely manner. Whenever we needed help with maintenance (which was not often), they were always on top of everything. Lobbies are always kept clean, the staff is extremely friendly especially their leasing agent, Shelby. She was an absolute gem with helping our move-in process and move-out process.” – Sophie Bourne

Always accessible by phone and knows everything

“Just moved into a District Realty unit, and everything has gone very smoothly and professionally. Everyone I have dealt with – John, Shelby and Ryan – has been excellent. John is always accessible by phone and knows everything. Shelby turns paperwork and emails around right away. And Ryan did an awesome job getting the unit cleaned up for move-in, especially given the short notice. It has been a massive relief to have everything go so well – in comparison, the local slumlords and kijiji people were a complete nightmare.” – K. Ledwell

3. DORE Property Management

DORE Property Management's Homepage
SERVICESFull-service residential rental property management group, rental listings
ADDRESS1803 St-Joseph Blvd, Unit 114 Ottawa, ON K1C 6E7
CONTACT NUMBER613-227-0000
[email protected] 
[email protected]
WEBSITEhttps://www.dorerentals.com
OPERATING HOURSBy appointment

DORE Property Management is a Better Business Bureau-accredited company with an Aᐩ rating since 2018. It’s gotten over a hundred client feedback with comments typically mentioning how professional its team is.

Of course, being a management service means it’s geared more toward property owners and landlords. It does rental property valuation, advertising, reviewing, and drafting of rental applications and leases.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t extend its services to help potential tenants match with the best rental homes for them. Its tenant placement service also accommodates inquiries and strives to make quick replies to requests.

DORE has extensive rental listings with pictures and information on location, house type, price, number of bedrooms, and other helpful information all laid out. 

Potential tenants can also fill out a rental request form and refer to the listings map for available properties to rent all over Ottawa.

Pros

  • Extensive listings of different home types and locations
  • Consistent client feedback on team’s professionalism
  • Offers a rental match notifier for potential tenants
  • BBB-accredited, Aᐩ rating

Cons

  • No fixed operating hours
  • No pricing info on management services
  • More focused on property owners and landlords

Customer Reviews

Very friendly and prompt when it came to answering questions or emails

“Roccalda and Rose were both lovely to deal with during our first apartment experience!! Both were very friendly and prompt when it came to answering any questions or emails. Our place is state of the art, has super clean buildings, and has an amazing staff. Highly recommend!” – Lauren Vella

Made life a lot easier and more stress-free

“It was so nice to have someone worry about renting the property for me while I handled all the renovations. It made my life a lot easier and more stress-free! They are very professional and respond very quickly. I would definitely recommend their services!” – Renee Caouette

4.  CLV Group

CLV Group's Homepage
SERVICESApartments for rent in Ontario, Quebec or British Columbia, home buying, investment management
ADDRESS485 Bank Street, Suite 200 Ottawa, ON, K2P 1Z2
CONTACT NUMBER(after-hours emergency) 
1-877-728-3003
613-728-2000
[email protected]
WEBSITEhttps://www.clvgroup.com/
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday 8.30 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
After-hours emergency maintenance services are available

With a BBB-accredited, Aᐩ rating since 1971, it’s hard to find fault with the CLV group and its goal of providing residents with a great home within a welcoming community.

It takes pride in having secured over $250 Million in financing for property owners. But it also gives residents their own online portal for various online and in-person services, too. 

We like that, instead of focusing solely on rental property management, the group also helps renters and homeowners find the best match for their needs. It throws in a 24-hour emergency service so even after-hours concerns are immediately addressed.

CLV specializes in listing apartments that are pet-friendly, newly renovated, rich in amenities, and are conveniently located to what a renter or homeowner requires for their lifestyle or career.

Helpful links are provided to quickly reference issues about application requirements, pre-authorized payments, tenant insurance, and service requests. There’s also a handy rent calculator that’s city-specific so tenants can see which properties best fit their budget.

Pros

  • After-hours emergency maintenance services are available
  • Rent calculator can help tenants narrow down neighbourhoods
  • Has listings for pet-friendly and newly renovated rentals
  • BBB-accredited, Aᐩ rating

Cons

  • The office is closed on weekends
  • Currently featured apartments are in pricier neighbourhoods
  • No filters to quickly locate pet friendly and newly renovated units

Customer Reviews

Can’t think of any other company that’s as responsive and courteous

“This has honestly been a pleasant experience, and I can’t think of any other company that as responsive and courteous. It was such a relief to deal with people who seem to genuinely care about renting to us and helping us with the thousands of questions we had.” – Steve C.

Home as per expectations with great value and offers

“We are newcomers in Canada with a work permit from India. After searching for one week here and there, at last, found this home as per our expectations with great value and offers. Thanks to Ian from the CLV Group. He is very nice, kind, and cooperative with us.” – Arnab S.

5. Premier Real Estate Group

Premier Real Estate Group's Homepage
SERVICESFull-service real estate group
ADDRESS610 Bronson Ave, Ottawa ON K1S 4E6
CONTACT NUMBER613.369.5888
[email protected]
WEBSITEhttps://premierottawa.ca/
OPERATING HOURSOpen 24 hours

The Premier Real Estate Group has both properties for sale and for rent with listings helpfully categorized in different parts of Ottawa. There are premier property listings that are exclusive to the group and some that are currently in the process of price adjustment.

House hunters can look for condos, apartments, or townhouses under different price ranges, based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the year they were built, and other classifications. 

There’s also a drop-down menu where the homes can be sorted by lowest to highest price tags, dimensions, and the date the house was put on the market.

If you prefer looking by location, there’s also a map search that brings up properties for single to multi-family occupants.

The only obviously lacking filter is one that can easily separate the properties for rent from the ones for sale per area. But perhaps contacting the team directly by email or phone might be the best solution for this oversight.

Pros

  • Offers plenty of helpful search options
  • Separates listings by areas in Ottawa
  • Clients can filter properties by size, price, and date
  • Dozens of listings are available

Cons

  • For rent homes have no separate category
  • No rental or home buying calculator
  • No BBB accreditation

Customer Reviews

Readily available to help when you need it

“Hannah and Nancy were very helpful in finding us the right home. Hannah is very accommodating and makes herself readily available to help when you need it, which makes a difference when you need to act quickly in the current market. She was extremely friendly and personable, as well as knowledgeable and professional working with other agents. Hannah and Nancy’s support was greatly appreciated throughout this process. Thank you so much!” – Andrew

Supportive to finding the right place for family needs

“Paolo was very helpful and knowledgeable. The thing I appreciated most was the openness and opinion. When visiting some properties we left quickly because they weren’t the right fit. Not pushy to place an offer, more supportive to finding the right place for our family needs.” – Alfio

FAQs About Homes for Rent in Ottawa


The best homes for rent in Ottawa can make your temporary stay in the city more comfortable, enjoyable, safe, and stress-free.

Send us a message if you have other homes for rent to recommend!

And if you want other options for temporary living in the area, consider these published posts about them: