Rental Resources

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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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How to Pick the Right Tenant

How To Pick The Right Tenant For You

Your tenant can be your best ally, or biggest problem. Tenant turnover is arguably the single biggest cost for you as a landlord. Whenever a tenant vacates, significant costs are incurred. The cost of vacancy, for example - your property may be vacant for one month or more, impacting cash flow. You will also likely have to pay for some maintenance like applying a fresh coat of paint or repairing damage ...

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Tips for Finding an Apartment in Vancouver

Finding an apartment to rent in Vancouver is always a challenge. It requires hours of research, communication with landlords and property managers, securing of references and, obviously, searching and actually finding a place you want to call home. Below we’ve provided a number of tips designed to help make your search more effective and hopefully, less stressful.   PREPARE A RENTAL PROFILE Prepare for your apartment hunt like you would for a dream ...

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Did You Know Your Moving Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

A little-known fact in Canada is that many moving expenses are tax deductible and can boost your return - so keep all your moving related receipts!  Here is a list of moving-related expenses that you can submit to CRA at tax time to help recoup some of the costs associated with your move: Traveling expenses, including car expenses for you and your family; Meals and accommodations on the way to ...

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8 Tips To Save On Rent In Vancouver

Ways to Save on Rent in Vancouver Living in cities like Vancouver where vacancy rates are low, here are some rent-saving tips that may help you secure a lower rental rate in Vancouver: Open up your search area. Include broader geography and loosen other requirements too (for example, 1.5 vs. 2 bathrooms, shared vs. private laundry etc.). If you are on a strict budget, you will have to compromise in some areas. ...

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Renter Beware – Know Your Rights As A Tenant

In a tight rental market, renters must be informed and astute as landlords often hold the balance of power in the negotiation process. If you haven’t had much experience as a tenant, it’s important to know your rights before throughout the entire rental process, from signing the lease, during the tenancy, and at the end of a tenancy. Here's a quick list of rights you have as a tenant Signing a Lease ...

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Picture Perfect – 10 Tips for Photographing your Rental Property

Listings with better photos receive about 3 times more inquiries on the liv.rent platform. To attract the right tenants and to attract more than one applicant, you need to present your property in the best possible way. This means taking beautiful photos of your rental property. If you don’t have the budget or time to hire a professional photographer, here are 10 tips to follow to help you photograph your rental ...

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Moving Checklist – Preparing for a Move

We can all agree that moving is the WORST.CHORE.EVER.  However, like taxes, it is an unavoidable part of adulthood. Here is a checklist and some tips in preparing for a move - making moving less painful. Preparing for a Move Checklist:   ✓ Review your current lease  Read your current lease for specific instructions for vacating. Most landlords require one month’s notice in writing. Prepare a letter and deliver it in a timely fashion ...

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