Rental Resources

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Deposit Debrief – Your Questions on Security Deposits Answered

Unsure about handing extra money over to your new landlord?  Here we've outlined the basics with respect to security and pet deposits in the province of British Columbia. These rules are sometimes revised so the ultimate source should always be the Residential Tenancy Branch. Security Deposit A security deposit often called a damage deposit is paid to the landlord before a tenancy begins and protects the landlord from unforeseen damage caused by a ...

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AirBnB Rules in Vancouver

Vancouver’s New Airbnb Rules

Vancouver’s New Airbnb Rules In April 2018, Vancouver City Hall began to regulate the popular home sharing platform, Airbnb, 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 property prices and negatively impacting communities.  The data ...

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Rental Repairs – Who is Responsible for What?

You’ve signed a lease on a new apartment and you’re excited about your new digs…but what if things don’t work according to plan. The electrical outlet that will power your beloved Nespresso machine is dead or the sink perpetually drips? What to do? Well, before moving in, be sure to conduct your own inspection preferably alongside a property manager or landlord. Make note of things that aren’t functioning properly, taking ...

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Property Maintenance – Someone’s Gotta Do It

What are tenants responsible for? Renters often get a bad rap – a reputation as messy, careless and disrespectful to properties. This is really unfortunate given the majority of renters who do treat their rental home like it was their own. Maintaining a property is the shared responsibility of both landlords and tenants. Landlords must ensure it is clean, safe and livable before new tenants move in but once in, the best ...

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Making it Work – Raising a Family in an Apartment

North Americans are accustomed to space. Most of them subscribe to the notion that apartment living is for singletons and couples and once they start a family, it is time to find a house. But this contrasts with most of the world where it is the norm to grow up in an apartment, in an urban setting. In a city like New York, for example, almost everybody, rich or poor, ...

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Paula from Brazil in Vancouver

FRESH from Brazil – A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and sushi, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here.  Today, we feature Paula from Brazil. Newcomer Profile Paula is a student and professional who came to Vancouver to ...

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Empty Apartment Tax

Ins & Outs of BC’s Empty Home Taxes

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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Share and Share Alike: Best Apps To Manage Utilities

Having roommates is an economic necessity for many and a preferred choice for others wanting a little more elbow room that a 2+ bedroom affords. However, the payment logistics of shared expenses can cause friction or unwanted complexity to these living arrangements. Here are five apps to help ensure persistent roommate pain points are avoided and living together is a beautiful thing. Splitwise A free tool for friends and roommates, this app helps ...

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Awesome Apartment Amenities

When you’ve narrowed your list to 2 or 3 possible apartment rentals, what will sway you toward one over the other (provided, of course, you are the preferred tenant for all of them)? Will it be proximity to transit, permitted pets, or to die for amenities? In order to attract more desirable tenants, landlords and builders are coming up with innovative amenities to appeal to the modern lifestyle. Here we review ...

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