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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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