Should You Tell Your Landlord You Are Moving?

If you’re a tenant, when is the best time to tell your Landlord you’re buying a house and are going to be moving out? Should you tell your Landlord you are moving? The short answer is – that depends. Tenancy Agreement First of all, if you have a fixed term tenancy agreement with a specific end date, you can’t end the tenancy before that date without being responsible for the rent if the Landlord can’t re-rent the place right away. Let your real estate agent know when your end date is and you may be able to work your purchase closing date…

5 Common Mistakes Tenants Make

Renting a home can be an eye opening experience. If you’re a Tenant considering renting a property, here are 5 mistakes Tenants make – that are easy to make and avoid! Mistakes Tenants Make Not knowing what your Tenancy Agreement says. If you listened to your parents growing up, you know never to sign anything you haven’t read. Make sure you go through the whole tenancy agreement before you sign it and clarify any areas of concern. Once you’ve signed it, it’s too late and you’re bound by the conditions in the agreement. Not getting copies of the Tenancy Agreement…

Renting? Tips for Maintaining Your Yard

If you rent a home, you might wonder what your responsibilities are regarding yard work. If you live in a condo or apartment, you probably don’t need to worry about this, but if you live in a duplex or a house, it’s generally up to the tenant to look after the yard. That’s why we came up with tips for maintaining your yard. Lawn mowing watering (when allowed) fertilizing Weeded and watering flower beds shrubs No one likes a messy yard and it doesn’t reflect well on the home or on you if things are overgrown or dead. Tips for maintaining…

Tenants – How can You Save Money by Going Green?

We all know that reducing our energy and water consumption is great for the environment and it can also save you money.  Do you know how to save money by going green? If you are ready to make changes to lessen your impact on the world around you, here are just a few tips to get you started. Lights Turn off unnecessary lights. If you’re not in the room or there’s enough natural light, don’t use lights you don’t really need. You can further cut costs by using LED light bulbs.  Did you know that: LED lights use 75% less…

Why do Tenants Have to Provide so Much information on an Application?

When you’re trying to rent a home for yourself and your family, you’re usually asked to fill in an Application To Rent form. The information collected on the form is protected by privacy laws and can’t be used for anything other than its intended purpose which is to determine if you are a suitable tenant.  But why does the Landlord need all this information on an application? Information on an application CREDIT CHECKS. Providing the basics is just common sense – your name, birthdate and current address are used to obtain a current credit report. If you’ve got bad credit,…

What Happens When the Landlord Gives a Two Month Notice to End Tenancy?

Did you know that a Landlord can end a tenancy by giving the Tenant two month notice to end tenancy?  There are only a handful of circumstances under which this can be done and you should check with the Residential Tenancy Branch for details on that, but here’s what you should know. Two month notice to end tenancy The Landlord must give a Tenant two clear months notice. This means the Landlord can’t give a Tenant notice on January 15 requiring the Tenant to move out by March 15.  Instead, the notice would be effective March 31 – with February and…

Questions to Ask Before Renting a Property

Looking for a new home is often challenging, particularly if the rental market is tight and options are limited. Before renting a property what types of questions should Tenants ask themselves before making a final choice for their new home? Ask Before Renting a Property What type of neighborhood is the home located in? Is it a safe area? You’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with the location of the home before considering it. If you just don’t feel good about it once you’ve driven around the area, it maybe isn’t the right choice for you. Your security is important…

How to Get Along with your Landlord or Property Manager

Sometimes it can feel like you butt heads with your Landlord, maybe repairs aren’t being done as quickly as you’d like, or they don’t call you back “fast enough”.  How can you get along with your landlord and foster a smooth relationship? Get along with your Landlord Here are some of the best ways to ensure you and your Landlord, or Property Manager, will get along: Pay the rent on time and in full. You agreed, when you entered into your Tenancy Agreement, to pay the rent on or before the first of each month, so make sure you do….

5 Things Tenants Need to Know About Renters Insurance

If you don’t own the property you live in, do you really need renters insurance? If so, why? Can a Landlord make you carry Tenant Insurance? Before we look at the five things tenants need to know about renters insurance, let’s take a quick look at what Tenant Insurance is. Tenant Insurance is generally made up of two components: Contents coverage for your belongings in the event of damage or theft Liability insurance to protect you against claims relating to damage to the property, or to people (bodily injury) What should you know about renters Insurance? Do you really need insurance? The answer is…

RTA Part 5 – Rent Increases

For our final installment of the 5 key sections of the Residential Tenancy Act, we’ll take a look rent increases. How often can rent be increased? How much can rent increases be increased by? How much notice does the Landlord have to provide the Tenant before they increase the rent? Rent increases A Landlord may only increase your rent once per year in an amount established by the Residential Tenancy Office each year. For 2016 the allowable increase is 2.9%. This means if your rent is $1000, it can only be increased to $1029 – not a huge amount. If you…