Rental Resources

How Does Rent Work in Canada? A Provincial Comparison

Feature photo by Jorge Vasonez from Unsplash Renting in Canada Finding and securing a rental in Canada’s biggest cities is always a challenge. And if you are moving from one province to another, it can be even more confusing as the laws governing residential tenancy vary from province to province and even from year to year as civic and provincial governments change. So how does rent work in Canada? Below we provide ...

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Residential Tenancy Act Guide: Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution Tip and Tricks Unfortunately, tenant-landlord relations aren’t always as harmonious as either party would like. As a result, the provincial government has established guidelines and procedures to follow should such discord arise. The most common reasons tenants seek dispute resolution: Dispute a Notice to End Tenancy when a landlord wants to break a fixed term lease pre-maturely. Dispute an additional rent increase when a tenant believes a landlord has unfairly increased rent. ...

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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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Landlord Guide: How to End or Extend a Tenancy Agreement

How To End Or Extend A Tenancy Agreement As a landlord, many months may go by without any contact with your tenant and usually this is a good thing. However, once or twice a year, depending on the tenancy agreement or when the lease contract is nearing its end, you will need to reach out to your tenant to renegotiate the lease. In less common instances, you may want to end ...

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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 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, or upcoming lease contracts signed on our platform can be pulled up and exported in ...

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[Updated September 2020] How Much Can My Landlord Increase My Rent?

A rent increase is something that concerns every renter in the province. Rest assured, your landlord can only raise rents by an amount dictated by the Residential Tenancy Branch of BC (RTB).   In this unprecedented year of rent freezes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, determining the right allowable increase can be trickier than in previous years. In the table below we have outlined whether the 2020 allowable increase of 2.6% applies ...

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Furnished or Unfurnished? – Renter’s Perspective

Looking for the Landlord’s Guide for renting furnished or unfurnished? Check out our article here. What’s Better To Rent - Furnished Or Unfurnished? When deciding whether it is better to rent a furnished or unfurnished apartment, there are a number of things to consider above and beyond the rental cost. Generally speaking, furnished apartments are typically suitable for shorter stays or corporate housing (i.e. rent is subsidized by your employer) since they ...

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