Tenants

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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[Updated September 2020] How Much Can My Landlord Increase My Rent?

A rent increase is something that concerns every renter in the province. Rest assured, your landlord can only raise rents by an amount dictated by the Residential Tenancy Branch of BC (RTB).   In this unprecedented year of rent freezes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, determining the right allowable increase can be trickier than in previous years. In the table below we have outlined whether the 2020 allowable increase of 2.6% applies ...

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Furnished or Unfurnished? – Renter’s Perspective

Looking for the Landlord’s Guide for renting furnished or unfurnished? Check out our article here. What’s Better To Rent - Furnished Or Unfurnished? When deciding whether it is better to rent a furnished or unfurnished apartment, there are a number of things to consider above and beyond the rental cost. Generally speaking, furnished apartments are typically suitable for shorter stays or corporate housing (i.e. rent is subsidized by your employer) since they ...

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Top 12 Tips To Avoid Rental Scams in Vancouver

How to avoid rental scams? 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's no surprise apartment rental frauds exist. In fact, 43% of renters throughout North America have encountered fake ads. In most cases, the scammer is trying get money from a prospective ...

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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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Ultimate Guide on Security Deposits

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?

UPDATED: JULY 15, 2020 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? It's important to set yourself up for success before any of these instances become an issue. Before moving in, be sure ...

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The Complete List of Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities (2020 Edition)

Property Maintenance Responsibilities - Landlords vs Tenants Renters often get a bad rap – a reputation for being messy, careless and disrespectful to rental properties. However, this is not necessarily the case. Instead, this can stem from confusion over who is responsible for what. First and foremost, the upkeep of a rental property applies to both parties - landlords and tenants alike. Thus, playing your part is key to enjoying your ...

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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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