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The latest advice, commentary and opinions from our contributing authors on current issues faced by landlords in British Columbia.

Dealing with “legal” medical marijuana grow-ops

Many residential landlords continue to face issues with their tenants’ medical marijuana grow operations. A recently published article in the media highlighted a tenant’s ability to obtain a license from Health Canada to grow...

Is it Private? A Privacy Primer for Landlords

I often receive questions from landlords asking what information they can request from their tenants and prospective tenants. This issue is becoming even more relevant with the influx of refugees seeking rental accommodation in...
Estate Planning Tips for Landlords

Five Disastrous Estate Planning Mistakes for Landlords to Avoid

Avoiding mistakes in your estate planning could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and years of expensive lawsuits after you die.  If you own and invest in apartment buildings, you need...
Video Surveillance of Rental Properties

Video Surveillance of Rental Properties

The tenant’s peace and quiet enjoyment of rented premises is one of the cornerstones of the landlord and tenant relationship. This can be extended to ensuring that the premises are safe, but providing rental...
Taking it to the Next Level

Taking it to the Next Level

You are a landlord who has been dealing with a difficult tenant and have just received a favorable decision from the Residential Tenancy Branch granting you possession of the tenant’s unit on a certain...
Renting to Students

Renting to Students

At the time of writing this article, the bulk of the post-secondary students will have returned to their respective institutions for fall classes.  Renting to students can be particularly lucrative as a landlord may...
Consider making Renter’s Insurance mandatory

Consider making Renter’s Insurance mandatory

It is not uncommon to come across articles in the media telling us the sad story of families or individuals who have lost everything to fire or theft and are unable to recover because...
Dealing with Noise Complaints in Rental Buildings

Dealing with Noise Complaints in Rental Buildings

Noise complaints are one of the most difficult and frustrating issues for landlords to deal with.  This is because noise complaints are often subjective (as gauged by the tenant who finds the noise unacceptable),...
Business Activities in the Rental Unit

Business Activities in the Rental Unit

Most landlords assume that tenants will use the residential premises for residential purposes.  Some landlords may be surprised that the RTB-1 form of Landlord/Tenant Contract does not contain any provisions therein regarding the operation...
Rent it Right: Frequently Overlooked Residential Tenancy Issues

Frequently Overlooked Residential Tenancy Issues

Most landlords know the basics of the Residential Tenancy Act (the Act) and understand the mechanics of a tenancy. However, there are many unknown or misunderstood points that can greatly effect how you run your...