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…

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…

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…

4 Pitfalls of Managing Your Own Rental Properties

There are pitfalls of managing your own rental. Have you ever gone to the property only to find that your new prospective tenant did not show up? What a waste of time, managing your own rental can be! We are here to help you handle situations just like that. 1. Screening new tenants Finding, screening and approving new and qualified tenants can be a difficult task. It involves advertising, phone calls and lots of questions. Sometimes things go wrong, especially when you’ve gone to the trouble of setting up appointments yourself. Even when you do get an application to rent, there’s…

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