Tenants

[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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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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Improving Your Trust Score

So you are using liv.rent to find a place to live in Vancouver. You love the look and feel and functionality. The fact you can search properties, book viewings, sign contracts and even pay your rent through the app is blowing your mind – so simple, so convenient! However, one thing is bugging you - your Trust Score seems low. This means some landlords may not consider you or maybe ...

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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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24 Tips For Finding & Getting An Apartment In Vancouver [Updated 2021]

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. Use these tips to find a Vancouver apartment for rent with less stress and more fun. How to search for an apartment What to do when viewing an apartment How to apply for a rental What to ...

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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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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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[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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Renting For The First Time In Vancouver

Whether you've lived here for a while and you're striking out on your own, or you're moving to Vancouver for the first time — renting can be daunting. We're liv.rent, and we're here to make everything about renting better. This is our mini-guide to being a first-time renter in the city, and we'll show you all the basics of the process — from preparing and searching to viewing and securing. Things ...

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