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[Updated November 2021] How Does Rent Work in Canada? A Provincial Comparison

Finding and securing a rental in Canada’s biggest cities is always a challenge. And if you're planning on moving from one province to another, things can get even more confusing as the laws governing residential tenancies vary from province to province and even from year to year as civic and provincial governments change. So how does rent work in Canada? In this post, we'll be providing a provincial comparison of ...

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[Updated October 2021] Residential Tenancy Act Guide: Dispute Resolution

Unfortunately, tenant-landlord relations aren’t always as harmonious as either party would like. When problems arise, there needs to be a clear-cut process for reaching solutions to any problems that arise. As a result, the provincial government has established guidelines and procedures for landlords and tenants to follow to ensure equitable solutions for both parties. What is dispute resolution? Common reasons why tenants apply for a dispute resolution Common reasons why landlords apply ...

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BC Residential Tenancy Agreement Explained

Finding a place or the perfect tenant is hard enough. When it comes to signing the BC Residential Tenancy Agreement, it's a whole other ballgame. On liv.rent, we make finding and understanding your lease easy. You can easily pull up and export any past, current, or upcoming lease contracts signed on our platform with just a few clicks. Read on as we break down what you need to know and ...

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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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[Updated October 2021] How To Protect Yourself From Rental Scams In Canada

How to avoid rental scams As the rental landscape continues to move online as a response to current global events, there has been seen an increase in scams targeting 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 ...

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Tips for Renegotiating Your Lease

[Updated November 2021] Renter Guide: How To Renegotiate Your Lease

When you're nearing the end of your lease, you have a few options as a 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 (1.5% for BC in 2022). However, ...

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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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[Updated October 2021] The Complete List of Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities

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 often stems from unclear responsibilities and confusion over who is responsible for what. First and foremost, the upkeep of a rental property is shared between both parties. Keeping up with your duties as assigned is key to ...

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