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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....
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...
Seniors Ending Tenancies

Seniors in Rental Housing

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...
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...
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),...
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...
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...
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...