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

Airbn-be gone! Dealing with short-term accommodations for landlords

Airbn-be gone! Dealing with short term accommodations in residential tenancies

So, you’ve just received a letter from your strata corporation informing you that your tenant has been fined for violating the strata’s short-term accommodation bylaw. Before receiving this letter, you had no idea that your...
Rent it Right: Considering other Applicants- The Tenant-Selection Process

Considering other Applicants: The Tenant-Selection Process

Picking the perfect tenant is a good feeling but there is a downside to the selection process – rejection. It's simple math: if you have ten applicants, you have to turn down nine people....
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...
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...

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...
Rent it Right: Serving it right? Approved Service Methods for Landlords

Serving it right?

Being a landlord in British Columbia means having to deal with lots of paperwork. As with any business closely regulated by a government body, there are copious amounts of confusing rules and procedures on...

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...
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...
Tenant's Quiet Enjoyment

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

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...
Rent it Right: LandlordBC’s Top 10 Frequently Asked Helpline Questions

LandlordBC’s Top 10 Frequently Asked Helpline Questions

We take calls every day from landlords and property managers across the province.  Each call we take is unique and has its own surrounding circumstances. However, some questions come up often and are common...