Fixed Term Rental Agreement VS. Month-to-Month

In British Columbia, there are two main types of Tenancy Agreements. We’ll take a look at some of the similarities and differences between them and explain why one agreement may suit your situation better than the other. Similarities Between Fixed Term and Month-to-Month Agreements Typically, rent is due on the 1st day of each month, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing. Security deposits. In B.C., security deposits cannot exceed one half month rent. The deposit is payable before the Tenancy begins. Likewise, Pet Damage Deposits, if applicable, cannot be more than half a month rent. Whether or not they are permitted,…

How to Give Proper Notice on Your Rental

Residential tenancy laws in British Columbia are sometimes confusing and often misunderstood. For Tenants who want to end a tenancy, there are specific requirements which must be included in their written notice. If the notice isn’t fully complete, it could be considered improper or unacceptable. Requirements for Ending a Month-to-Month Tenancy Notice must be in writing. Notice must be received by the Landlord on a day before the rent is due. Assuming rent is due on the 1st of the month, if a Tenant wants to leave, for example, on April 30, then notice must be received by the Landlord…

Serving A Notice To End A Tenancy

Part 4: Notice to End Tenancy Series We’ve looked at the different types of Notice to End Tenancy that a Landlord can use. Properly Serving a Notice is as important as the notice. Keep in mind, the method of delivery is important for determining when the notice is deemed received by the Tenant, which can also affect the effective date (in the case of a 10 Day Notice). 3 ways to serve a notice In Person. If you physically hand the Notice to the tenant, or an adult person who appears to reside at the rental property, it is deemed delivered to the…

Two Month Notice to End Tenancy For Landlord Use

Part 3: Notice to End Tenancy Series Did you know a Landlord can end a tenancy by giving the Tenant two months notice to end Tenancy for Landlord use of the property? There’s only a handful of circumstances under which this can be done and as always, the Landlord should check with the Residential Tenancy Branch for details specific to their situation. When can a Landlord end Tenancy for Landlord use? The Landlord or a close family member of the Landlord (father, mother or child) is going to be moving into the rental property. This also applies to an individual (or their close…

One Month Notice to End Tenancy For Cause

Part 2: Notice to End Tenancy Series As a Landlord, what recourse do you have if your Tenant isn’t really holding up their end of the bargain?  Under a few specific circumstances, you can end the tenancy by giving the Tenant a One Month Notice to End the Tenancy For Cause. 7 reasons that qualify as a Cause to issue a One Month Notice Repeated late payment of rent (the Residential Tenancy Office defines this as at least 3 times, and it should be over a relatively short period of time, for example 3 times in 6 months) Illegal activity that has or…

10 Day Notice to End Tenancy For Unpaid Rent or Utilities

Part 1: Notice to End Tenancy Series When the tenant hasn’t paid the rent (or utilities) on the day it’s due (usually the first of each month), Landlord’s may consider issuing a 10 Day Notice to End Tenancy for Unpaid Rent or Utilities. The form is available online at the Residential Tenancy Branch website. 10 Day Notice to End Tenancy For Unpaid Rent form #RTB-30 here. Delivery effective date The day you are delivering or sending the notice is not counted, so if you issue a 10 Day Notice on the 2nd of the month, the ten day period actually commences…

How Can A Landlord Terminate A Tenancy?

Occasionally a Landlord wants to take back possession of their rental unit or investment property. At times it’s to renovate, sometimes to move back in, and other times because the Tenant is not paying rent on time. In this series, we’ll take a look how a Landlord can terminate a Tenancy and the different types of Notices to End Tenancy that are available to Landlords, and under what circumstances each one can be used. Terminate a Tenancy The three main types of termination notices are: 10 Day Notice to End Tenancy for Unpaid Rent or Utilities 1 Month Notice to End Tenancy for Cause…

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