Landlords

Landlord Guide: Can I Evict My Tenant?

Eviction is not a pretty word. And, really it is a last resort but it is a reality for landlords and tenants alike. The most common reason for eviction is unpaid rent. As a landlord, missed rent payments can have a huge impact on your cash flow so sometimes eviction notices are a necessary evil. Causes for Eviction If it comes to this, you will have to give your tenant approved notice ...

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Landlord Guide to Returning and Holding Deposits

As a landlord in BC, at the beginning of a tenancy, you can require a tenant to pay: a security deposit equivalent to one-half of one month’s rent; and if they have a pet, a pet deposit equivalent to one-half of a month's rent (so a full month's rent in the case of pet-owning tenant) Tenants must pay the security deposit within 30 days of entering into the tenancy agreement or ...

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Residential Tenancy Agreement Explained

Finding a place is hard enough. When it comes to signing the BC Residential Tenancy Agreement, or rental agreement, it's a whole other ballgame. Read on as we break down what you need to know and pay attention to regarding BC Residential Tenancy Agreements. With Liv Rent, we make it easy as any past, current, and upcoming lease contracts signed on our platform can be pulled up and exported in ...

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The Empty Homes Tax & How To Avoid It For 2019

What is the Empty Homes Tax? After its first year of implementation, the Empty Homes Tax and Speculation + Vacancy Tax, instituted to target vacant properties, increase vacancy rates and create affordable housing, is estimated to generate $38 million dollars - $8 million more than originally projected. As this wasn't the original intent of the tax, the City is now considering a number of changes. As a quick summary, here is an ...

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Top 10 Tax Deductions for B.C. Landlords

Do you take advantage of all the deductions available to you as a B.C. landlord? When you own a rental property, you are legally obligated to report all rental revenue on the Statement of Real Estate Rentals schedule on your personal tax return. Thankfully, you are also able to deduct a number of landlord expenses from your gross rental revenue and then pay tax only on the amount remaining. To ...

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How to Increase the Rental Value of Your Investment

The most effective way to generate the best return on your investment rental property is by increasing the rental value. especially in competitive rental markets like Vancouver's. Deciding where best to spend your money, however, is always a challenge. The fact is that certain renovations are more likely to reap better rewards than others. Here we’ve outlined 7 ways to boost the rental value of your investment. Of course, the cost ...

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AirBnB Rules in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Airbnb Rules

Vancouver’s New Airbnb Rules In April 2018, Vancouver City Hall began to regulate the popular home sharing platform, Airbnb, by introducing a new set of Airbnb rules. In response to disgruntled citizens wary of sharing their buildings with a revolving door of Airbnb guests and by others desperate for rental housing in a city where occupancy rates are nearing 100%.  In addition, many Vancouverites feel Airbnb is responsible for further inflating ...

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Empty Apartment Tax

Vancouver’s Empty Home Tax Explained

As part of a 30-point plan to help alleviate the housing crisis, the Province of British Columbia has imposed a speculation and vacancy tax hoping to turn vacant, under-utilized properties into homes for people living and working in BC. For Vancouverites, this is in addition to the civic Empty Home Tax levied for the same reasons. Though the intent of these taxes is noble, the implementation has proven confusing and ...

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Furnished vs. Unfurnished Rentals – A Landlord’s Guide

Looking for the Renter's Guide for renting furnished or unfurnished? Check out our article here. Furnishing a rental property is a considerable expense. Should you spend the money or let your tenants furnish your unit? Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether you should rent out your unit furnished or unfurnished. Benefits Of Renting Out A Furnished Unit You can demand higher rent. A well-furnished property rents for 25 ...

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