This page provides a list of housing contacts and resources which may assist you in finding a place to live. The USSU assumes no responsibility for any relationships between tenants and landlords, nor for the accuracy of information on any non-USSU websites.

General / Main Resource Contacts

With questions or concerns regarding student housing, please contact:

USSU VP Student Affairs
Room 110
Place Riel Student Centre
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-6970

With questions or concerns regarding rental agreements, please contact:

Office of the Rentalsman / Office of Residential Tenancies
105 Sturdy Stone Building,
122 3rd Ave North Saskatoon, SK
(306) 933-5680
Toll free: 1-888-215-2222 fax: (306) 933-7030

The Office of the Rentalsman serves landlords and tenants by providing information and assistance about the relevant legislation and receives applications concerning disputes which are resolved by quasi-judicial decisions.

Housing Definitions

An apartment is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of a building. Apartments may be owned (by an owner-occupier) or rented (by tenants).

Basement Suite (suite listed below).

A condominium, or condo, is a form of housing tenure where a specified part of a piece of real estate (usually of an apartment house) is individually owned while use of and access to common facilities in the piece such as hallways, heating system, elevators, exterior areas is executed under legal rights associated with the individual ownership and controlled by the association of owners that jointly represent ownership of the whole piece.

A duplex house is a dwelling comprised of two units, usually side-by-side, but sometimes on two different floors. The former often looks like two houses put together, sharing a wall (compare semi-detached); the latter usually appears as a townhouse, but with two different entrances.

Means a person who grants to another person the exclusive right of tenancy to a rental unit.

A house in which people… rent one or more rooms for one or more nights, and sometimes for extended periods of weeks, months and years.

Room and Board
Describes a situation where, in exchange for money, labor or other considerations, a person is provided with a place to live as well as meals on a comprehensive basis.

A secondary suite is considered “secondary” or “accessory” to the primary residence. It normally has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom and living area. Such a suite often is one of the following types:

-A suite above a rear detached garage,
-A suite above the main floor of a single-detached dwelling,
-A suite below the main floor of a single-detached dwelling (a “basement suite”).
-A suite attached to a single-detached dwelling at grade, or;
-A suite detached from the principal dwelling (a “garden suite” or “guesthouse”).

One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.

Means a tenant’s right to possession of a rental unit under a tenancy agreement.

In the United States and Canada, a townhouse… denotes a house on a small footprint in a city, but due to having multiple floors (sometimes six or more) it has a large living space. “Rowhouses” are similar, and consist of several adjacent, uniform units originally found in urban areas… but now found in lower-cost housing developments in suburbs as well. In Canada… townhouses are split into two categories:

-In condominium townhouses, the purchaser owns only the interior, while the building itself is owned by a condominium corporation. The corporation is jointly owned by all the owners, and charges them fees for general maintenance and major repairs.
-Freehold townhouses are exclusively owned, without any condominium aspects.

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Additional Resources

To help serve you better, the following websites may provide you with further information:

General Principles of The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006

Standard Conditions of a Tenancy Agreement:

Requirements for a rental contract
Rent Increases
Forms and Sample Documents
To purchase a copy of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006
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