June 23, 2009 15:42 ET

Win Your Rent Contest Shows the Crazy and Sometimes Difficult Side of Renting Voters Pick Single Mom for Win Your Rent Contest Prize

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - Tiny spaces, cramped bedrooms, broken walls, and bathrooms with no headroom are only a small fraction of the problems faced by contestants in the Win Your Rent contest. Entries highlighted a mix of both the funny and serious sides of rental accommodations in Canada, with descriptions and images ranging from a high toilet seat in low ceiling bathroom, to an empty aquarium with no electricity, internet or phone. On the serious side, entries often showed the decrepit condition of walls, ceilings and plumbing problems as well as infestations of various insects and mold.

In the end, the contest viewers looking through the entries posted online voted for Jenni Rivard, a single mother from Windsor, Ontario who is facing a tough employment situation in her home town and is moving to Hamilton where she plans to study to become a chef. The family experienced an unexpected set back when their family dog, Samantha became injured and the family was forced to sell many items to pay for the veterinary bills that resulted. Although Samantha the dog is doing better now, Jenni said that the prize money would "help ... get back some of the things we sold, like a kitchen table, couch etc, so my kids don't have to move into an empty apartment in a new city."

"When we launched this contest at the end of April, we really were not sure what we would get in terms of entries and wanted simply to have Viewit act as a resource for tenants to highlight both the challenges they face or their sense of humour about renting," said Ryan Schwerdtner, Managing Director, "In the end, we got a mix of both but the more serious entries certainly highlighted the need to know what you're renting before you sign on the dotted line."

The contest featured entrants who were required to post online images and best worst of stories about their personal rental situations. Viewers were asked to vote for the entries they deemed most deserving of the $1,000 prize. No entry fee or use of the service was required. Various entries for the contest can be viewed at: was launched in 2001 and has over the past eight years become Canada's top online portal for tenants and landlords showcasing thousands of rental units across Canada including major cities such as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

"Since our inception has always been about helping connect tenants with great rental accommodation that they can see first online, and to help narrow their search to the homes that best meet their needs," said Schwerdtner. "Some of the more serious entries point out that a renter still needs to be careful out there and we hope that our "Save time, see it first" service helps them to be more discriminating in their choices. is also a great place for the landlords who offer well maintained accommodations to stand out from the crowd and to help them find the right match in a tenant." is Canada's leading rental resource that allows people to see rental properties online first, when looking for a home. makes finding a home easy, convenient and effective. Unlike traditional, print classified ads, gives renters all the information they need to make the best choice including both interior and exterior views of the home and its location, pricing and availability. In addition, locations can be searched and segmented in a wide variety of price ranges, locations and styles from within the full list of rental properties available. Renters can also receive customized updates that keep them informed as new homes become available that meet their needs.

With literally thousands of free view listings in cities and locations across Canada, saves renters time and money allowing them to "Save time, See it first" and make better first choices about the properties that are right for them.

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