Tenants

Coronavirus Information for Canadian Landlords and Renters

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Canada – Update For Landlords and Tenants

[LAST UPDATED: October 6, 2020] In these unprecedented and uncertain times, managing any and all of your responsibilities can seem daunting. However, knowing that your friends, neighbours and fellow global citizens are sharing this experience, will hopefully add a level of comfort and encouragement.  For landlords, what are your responsibilities to your tenants and your rental property during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?  For tenants, how should you respond? Table of Contents Quick Snapshot: COVID-19 Updates COVID-19 FAQ Landlord Update Renter Update Tools to Go ...

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How to Pay Rent to your Landlord

4 Ways to Pay Rent Gone are the days when your hand would cramp writing a year's worth of rent cheques to present to your landlord. At last, we have a variety of rent payment options available to tenants. Every tenancy agreement should specify the acceptable forms of rent payment. The e-transfer option has grown in popularity thanks to the ease of use and lack of paper required. Currently, there are 4 ...

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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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How Does Rent Work in Canada? A Provincial Comparison

Feature photo by Jorge Vasonez from Unsplash Renting in Canada Finding and securing a rental in Canada’s biggest cities is always a challenge. And if you are moving from one province to another, it can be even more confusing as the laws governing residential tenancy vary from province to province and even from year to year as civic and provincial governments change. So how does rent work in Canada? Below we provide ...

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

NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE: The provincial rental increase freeze has been extended to July 2021. Rent increases served with an effective date of April 1, 2020 to the end of 2020 are cancelled, additionally rent increases through to July 2021 are cancelled. If a tenant received a notice that rent was set to increase on December 1, 2020, they do not pay the increased amount. They must continue to pay current pre-increase ...

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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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How to protect yourself from rental scams in Canada?

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. It's no surprise that apartment rental frauds exist in Canada, especially in the hottest rental markets such as Toronto and Vancouver. In fact, 43% of renters throughout North America have encountered fake ads. In most cases, the scammer aims to steal money from a prospective ...

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