Landlord Guide: Renting To Students

When students arrive in your town, they're ready to learn and eager to sign a lease — but do they make good tenants? We're, Canada's best all-in-one solution for landlords and renters to have a smoother rental process, and we created this guide to help landlords understand the benefits and drawbacks of renting to students. Is renting to students a good idea? Pros of renting to students Cons of renting to students Tips ...

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[Updated March 2022] Vancouver Rental Vacancy Rate

We hear a lot about the Vancouver rental vacancy rate being very low but what is this metric and what does it really mean? In this post, sheds some light on the matter and what it means for both renters and landlords. What is the rental vacancy rate? What is Vancouver's rental vacancy rate? Why is the rental vacancy rate important? How is the rental vacancy rate calculated? What is considered a good vacancy ...

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[Updated October 2021] Residential Tenancy Act Guide: Dispute Resolution

Unfortunately, tenant-landlord relations aren’t always as harmonious as either party would like. When problems arise, there needs to be a clear-cut process for reaching solutions to any problems that arise. As a result, the provincial government has established guidelines and procedures for landlords and tenants to follow to ensure equitable solutions for both parties. What is dispute resolution? Common reasons why tenants apply for a dispute resolution Common reasons why landlords apply ...

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[Updated October 2021] BC Landlord Guide: How To Evict A Tenant

"Eviction" is a word that no landlord or tenant wants to hear or even think about. Sometimes, however, bad tenants can make it a necessary reality. As a landlord, you should know how to evict a tenant in case the worst comes to pass. In this article, we'll be going over some common reasons for eviction, types of notice landlords must give for different situations, and how to negotiate the ...

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Landlord Guide: When to return or hold security 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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[Updated May 2022] Landlord Guide: How To End Or Extend A Tenancy Agreement

The end of a tenancy agreement always brings about some level of confusion from both landlord and tenant. What happens next? Do you have to renegotiate the lease? Today, we'll be looking at all the reasons a tenancy agreement may end (e.g. tenant giving early notice, eviction, end of a lease), and what to do in each situation. Remember that tenancy regulations are always subject to change and there are ...

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Stratas – Everything You Need To Know

What is a strata? In Vancouver, the most common form of strata housing is a condo. Typically these are apartments, townhouses, duplexes or even single family homes owned by a governing body known as the strata corporation - or strata for short.  However, a strata can also be land, just rarely in Vancouver. When you buy one of these properties, you become a co-owner of the self-governed, strata corporation and, as ...

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BC Residential Tenancy Agreement Explained

Finding a place or the perfect tenant is hard enough. When it comes to signing the BC Residential Tenancy Agreement, it's a whole other ballgame. On, we make finding and understanding your lease easy. You can easily pull up and export any past, current, or upcoming lease contracts signed on our platform with just a few clicks. Read on as we break down what you need to know and ...

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Empty homes have tax implications in B.C. and Vancouver.

[Updated For 2022] What Is The Empty Homes Tax?

B.C. and Vancouver each have their own taxes for homeowners not occupying or renting their residences. In B.C., there is a province-wide tax called the "Speculation and Vacancy Tax", and Vancouver has its own specific "Empty Homes Tax". These were originally brought in with the goal of targeting vacant properties, increasing vacancy rates and creating more affordable housing throughout the province. The government's goal is to turn under-utilized properties into ...

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