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

17 10, 2022

Top Five Illegal Residential Tenancy Clauses

By |2022-10-17T09:28:09-07:00October 17, 2022|Rental Properties|

While LandlordBC offers its members a comprehensive, proprietary tenancy agreement template, the often-unfortunate reality is that many landlords still end up using either the standard residential tenancy agreement publicly available on the Residential Tenancy Branch’s (RTB) website coupled with an addendum or their own custom tenancy agreement template obtained from [...]

5 11, 2017

Seniors in Rental Housing

By |2020-05-24T13:13:54-07:00November 5, 2017|Rental Properties|

Aging tenants can present their own set up benefits as well as challenges and in recognition of this there are special rights/processes that are available through the Residential Tenancy Act. Recently the Residential Tenancy Branch published its new regulations on ending tenancies in special circumstances, this change included a provision [...]

4 11, 2017

Hammering out the details of a tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment

By |2017-11-09T00:26:40-07:00November 4, 2017|Rental Properties|

In Vancouver and the greater surrounding area, it is common to see a residential property undergo renovations from time to time. We have all heard the construction horror stories where excessive noise and limited access to services in the building can drive a tenant nuts. I have had cases where [...]

29 06, 2017

Dealing with “legal” medical marijuana grow-ops

By |2017-06-29T00:36:30-07:00June 29, 2017|Rental Properties|

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 medical marijuana without any prior consultation with the landlord. While the focus of the article paints [...]

26 06, 2017

Is it Private? A Privacy Primer for Landlords

By |2017-06-26T22:48:28-07:00June 26, 2017|Rental Properties|

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 British Columbia. For the purpose of this article, the term tenants include prospective tenants. BC Personal [...]

25 04, 2017

Five Disastrous Estate Planning Mistakes for Landlords to Avoid

By |2017-06-29T01:03:47-07:00April 25, 2017|Rental Properties|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 to avoid these 5 disastrous estate planning mistakes. As an example, take landlords Betty and Jim.  [...]

25 07, 2016

Video Surveillance of Rental Properties

By |2016-08-03T04:38:44-07:00July 25, 2016|Rental Properties|

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="listspacing"]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 accommodation and adjoining premises that are free from criminal activity is an obligation that will [...]

25 07, 2016

Taking it to the Next Level

By |2016-07-27T05:21:52-07:00July 25, 2016|Rental Properties|

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 date. You are surprised to then receive a petition filed in the Supreme Court of British [...]

24 07, 2016

Consider making Renter’s Insurance mandatory

By |2016-07-27T05:23:32-07:00July 24, 2016|Rental Properties|

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 they do not have any insurance.  It seems to be all too common that renters decide [...]

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