RTA Part 4 – Rental Security Deposits

In RTA Part 3 we talked about move-in and move-out condition inspections.  Today we’ll take a more detailed look at rental security deposits. How much can be charged? How many rental security deposits can be required? What can deposits be used for? Is a Tenant entitled to interest on their deposit? Rental security deposits A Landlord may collect a Security Deposit of up to a maximum of one half-month rent as a condition of entering into the Tenancy Agreement. If a Tenant has pets, the Landlord may also require a separate Pet Damage Deposit, which may also be to a…

RTA Part 3 – Move In and Move Out Inspections

Last article we discussed the Landlord’s right to enter or inspect the rental premises. In Part 3 of the Residential Tenancy Act, we’ll take a look at move in and move out inspections. Are you aware of your responsibilities as a Tenant or those of the Landlord? Inspection report At the beginning and end of a tenancy, a condition inspection of the rental property must be completed and a report signed by both the Landlord and Tenant. This documents the condition of the rental unit and includes any damages or repairs which may be necessary. Any new damages that are as…

RTA Part 2 – A Landlords Right to Enter Your Rental Home

Previously, we looked at how to give proper notice to your Landlord that you are moving out. This posts focus is on a Landlord’s right to enter your rental home to inspect. Once you move into your rental home, you are entitled to peace and quiet enjoyment. That means the Landlord can’t just walk in unannounced, he can’t just “pop by” to make sure things are going okay and he can’t expect you to let him in without warning simply because he feels like checking the condition of the home. Rental entry conditions While the Landlord has a right to enter…

RTA Part 1 – Giving Notice to Vacate

It’s time to move out of the place you’re living in and you want to give notice to the Landlord. But what’s the right way to do it? You want to make sure you do it correctly so you don’t get stuck staying another month, or worse, you end up paying rent on two places. Giving notice to vacate – what is the correct way to notify your Landlord? Notice in Writing A tenant may end a month-to-month tenancy by giving the Landlord one months’ notice in writing. The notice must be received by the Landlord on or before the last…

Residential Tenancy Act – 5 Key Sections Tenants Should Be Aware Of

The Residential Tenancy Act is long and complicated. But as a Tenant, there are a few key sections you should be aware of. This is not a legal opinion or advice, but rather a general overview. For exact wording, legal interpretations or to find out about your own personal situation, please contact the Residential Tenancy Office at 1-800-665-8779, or check their website at www.rto.gov.bc.ca 5 key sections Giving your Landlord notice to vacate. How do you give proper legal notice? Does it have to be in writing? Can you send it by email? In this article we’ll deal with the…

Moving Around the Holidays

Moving can be difficult at the best of times. But moving around the holidays can be even more challenging for a variety of reasons. If you’re planning a move near the Christmas season, finding a new place to live can be the first of many issues that you’ll face. Most people don’t tend to move around the holidays – everyone is settled in, enjoying the festivities. But, that can make available rentals hard to come by and the good ones get snapped up fast. Availability At RE/MAX of Nanaimo Property Management, we’re available year round to help you with your…

Tenant Emergency Tips – When is it Time to Call

If you’ve ever rented a home, an apartment or townhouse etc., you’ve probably had occasion to contact the Landlord or Property Manager when something goes wrong. There are those normal maintenance items, but what is considered a true emergency when you are renting a home? Read further for tenant emergency tips and the reasons to call your Property Manager or Landlord. Tenant’s – is that really an emergency? My kitchen light is burnt out! Well, first of all, Tenants are usually responsible for replacing light bulbs or fluorescent tubes when they burn out. So try that first. If the new bulb doesn’t work, check your breaker…

Security Deposit and Pet Deposit

When you are a tenant, there are two deposits that may be required before taking possession of your new home. Perhaps you’ve sold your home and haven’t rented in some time, or are a first-time renter. Are you prepared for renting a property? Knowing in advance how the security deposit and pet deposit works, will help you understand why they are required and how they are used. Security deposit The first is the security deposit (incorrectly referred to as the Damage Deposit at times). In B.C. this deposit cannot exceed one half months’ rent and is held by the Landlord or Property Manager until…

What to Expect From a Move-Out Inspection

You’ve been renting a place for a while now and the time has come to move out. What happens next? What does your Landlord expect from a move-out inspection when you vacate the property and how can you ensure you’ll get a full refund of your security deposit? Move-out inspection cleaning standards First off, clean the premises. Clean the floors, the walls, and the appliances (inside and out, under and around). Don’t forget to clean the windows, the window tracks, the bathrooms, and the cabinets (inside and out). Anything that can collect dirt or dust should be wiped down, washed and…