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Vancouver Rental Vacancy Rate

We hear a lot about the Vancouver rental vacancy rate being very low but what is this metric and what does it really mean? In this post, we shed some light on the matter and its implications for renters and landlords alike. What Is Rental Vacancy Rate? The vacancy rate refers to the percentage of units that are vacant or unoccupied in a city, region or a given property. What is the Vancouver ...

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What Information Is A Landlord Allowed to Ask For?

For first time renters, navigating the rental process can be daunting. One area of typical concern is tenant privacy rights. During the application process, landlords will ask for a variety of information from applicants. Tenant Privacy Rights are of utmost importance and providing this information can make many prospective tenants nervous. To help you, in this post we’ve outlined what information a landlord is allowed to ask for:  What a ...

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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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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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Tips for Renegotiating Your Lease

How Much Can My Landlord Increase My Rent?

A rent increase is something that concerns every renter in the province. Rest assured, however, your landlord can only raise rents by an amount dictated by the Residential Tenancy Branch of BC (RTB). This is the second year under new provincial regulation that the allowable increase is limited to the cost of inflation. Previous to 2019, old rules permitted landlords to raise rents by the cost of inflation plus 2 ...

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8 Tips To Avoid Rental Scams in Vancouver

As law-abiding and polite as Canadians might be, there are a few bad apples out there who attempt to scam renters. Vancouver is no exception. In fact, given how hot the Vancouver rental market is, it is no surprise that you'll discover that rental scams exist. Finding a place to rent in Vancouver is difficult enough and the last thing you want to deal with is financial or identity theft. ...

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Tips for Renegotiating Your Lease

Renter Guide: How Do I Renegotiate My Lease With My Landlord?

When you're nearing the end of your lease, you have a few options as renter. One of those options is renegotiating your lease with your current landlord. This is a daunting exercise for many but it doesn't have to be if you prepare and develop a strategy. Chances are your landlord will take the opportunity to raise the rent by the allowable amount (2.6% for BC in 2020). However, if ...

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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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Rental Repairs & Maintenance – Who is Responsible for What?

Rental Repairs and Maintenance Responsibilities 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 ...

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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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