Rental Resources

Pet Friendly Apartment Tips

Should you allow pets in your rental?

Sure it's easy to say ‘no pets’ when listing your property for rent. But is it necessary?  Provided pets are allowed by your strata by-laws, you may be missing out on exceptionally good tenants by stipulating ‘no pets’.  Moreover, here in Vancouver, pet-friendly rentals are difficult to find so if you do allow them, you can likely exact a higher rental rate and a pet deposit. Be Open to Pets Rather than ...

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So You Want to Study (& Work) in Canada?

There is no disputing that the best way to learn a language or understand a culture is full immersion.  Canada has become the destination of choice for thousands around the world trying to do just that  - improve their English and/or gain insight into North American culture.  However, it is a little more involved than simply booking flight tickets. There are a number of steps you need to follow before ...

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Furnished vs. Unfurnished Rental – A Landlord’s Perspective

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 making the decision. Benefits of Furnishing Your Property You can demand higher rent. A well-furnished property rents for 25 to 75% more than an unfurnished property. However, the higher the rent, the less likely the tenant is to stay long term. It may ...

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Rental

Besides the obvious – a front door, running water and electricity – there are some other things a prospective renter should look for. We’ve compiled a list of important considerations that are often overlooked: Storage This is so important and yet so often forgotten when you fall in love with a unit. Unless you have few hobbies and live the life of an ascetic monk, chances are you’ll need space to store ...

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FRESH from Argentina (via UK) – A Newcomer’s Guide to Canada

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and abundant weed, 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 Candelaria from Argentina (via UK).   Newcomer Profile Candelaria is a talented designer and illustrator with ...

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What is a Liv Score?

Liv Score is an intelligent rating system designed to establish your reliability and credibility as a renter when you apply for apartments online. Using a powerful algorithm that corroborates your information with LinkedIn and your financial record, the Liv Score gives landlords a secure and accurate measure of your integrity simplifying their selection process. How does it work? A credit check is conducted by Equifax and provides a comprehensive picture of ...

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How to Get Rid of Bad Tenants

To avoid dealing with bad tenants, the best option is to avoid the situation in the first place. Too often landlords make the mistake of accepting unsuitable tenants in a moment of desperation. Of course, losing one or two month's rent isn't ideal for cash flow, but a bad tenant can prove far more costly, creating serious headaches, causing expensive damage, or, in the worst cases, a 'professional tenant' might ...

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Improving Your Liv Score

So you are using the Liv rental app to find a place to live in Vancouver. You love the look and feel and functionality. The fact you can search properties, book viewings, sign contracts and even pay your rent through the app is blowing your mind – so simple, so convenient! However, one thing is bugging you - your Liv Score seems low. This means some landlords may not consider ...

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4 Tips for Hanging Art from Artist, Christine Breakell-Lee

It isn't quite as easy as taking hammer to nail!   The best way to make your house a home is to personalize the walls with meaningful paintings, prints, tapestries, posters,  oars etc. - whatever connects you to your space. We've asked a pro - a local, abstract artist, Christine Breakell-Lee, to give us a few pointers on how to display and hang your art for best effect. . 1. Art Placement and ...

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Tenant’s Insurance – 5 Reasons You Should Have It

According to StatsCan, only 50% of Canadian renters have tenant's insurance (a.k.a. renter's insurance, content insurance). The reasons are a bit unclear but the running assumption is that renters assume they are covered by their landlord's policy. This is a potentially dangerous assumption. The landlord's policy will cover all the bigger things - the pipes, structural issues, appliances etc. BUT it does not cover your belongings (theft or damage) or ...

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