Rentals over $2500 per month, landlord pays agent's commission. Below that, landlord and tenant normally pay 1 month rent each in commission on 2 year lease but all things are negotiable. You normally pay 2 months rental as deposit, refundable at end of lease, plus first month's rent in advance. In addition to rent for the condo
, you should budget for utilities - electricity (can be expensive if you run a lot of a/c), bottled gas (very cheap) or city gas if it is piped in, water bill (metered and includes charge for daily garbage collection), phone , cable TV and internet bills, TV licence if you have them. Your lease may also include paying the first tranche of any repairs (eg repairs under $100) and paying for a contract for routine a/c maintenance and cleaning but again, these are negotiable.