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

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

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: 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...
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...
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...