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Tenant’s Insurance – 5 Reasons You Should Have It

According to StatsCan, only 50% of Canadian renters have tenant insurance (AKA renter insurance, content insurance). The reasons are a bit unclear but the running assumption is that renters assume they are automatically covered by their landlord's policy and thus, see renters insurance as a waste of money. This is a potentially dangerous assumption. The landlord's policy will cover all the bigger things - the pipes, structural issues, appliances etc. ...

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[Updated September 2020] How to choose a good tenant?

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, either voluntarily or through a tenant eviction, significant costs are incurred by a landlord. 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 ...

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[Updated 2021] 15 Tips for Finding an Apartment in Vancouver

Finding an apartment to rent in Vancouver requires research, communication with landlords and property managers, securing references and, finding a place you want to call home. We're liv.rent, a Vancouver-based rental platform and more with solutions for renters. we've created some helpful tips that we hope you can use to have a less stressful, and even more fun, rental journey. we’ve provided a number of tips designed to help make your ...

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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. What Moving Expenses Can I Claim? Traveling expenses, including car expenses for you and your family Meals and ...

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Tips For A First Time Landlord

So you’ve made the fortuitous decision to invest in real estate and now you want the revenue stream to begin raining down on you. But are you ready? Below we provide a list of items to help prepare you to be an effective and fair first-time landlord! NB- We are assuming your building allows rentals so you are not breaking any strata laws in listing your place. Here's a list a new ...

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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 bring in 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 ...

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[Updated Feb 2021] Moving Checklist — Preparing for a Move

We can all agree that moving is one of the worst chores 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. Moving Checklist: Before You Move 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 ...

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Adulting 101 – Renting For The First Time In Vancouver

Renting For The First Time Renting your first place, especially in Vancouver, can be a daunting task. Here are our top first time renting tips to make the rental process for your next house or apartment a little less intimidating and more successful.   Before You Search References.  You will need to secure 3 references who might be willing to receive calls from prospective landlords. Given that you won’t have a previous landlord reference, reach ...

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