Welcome to the Website for BC Landlords
The Canada Landlords Association is a leading organization for small residential landlords across Canada. We provide a unified voice for private landlords and promote and protect residential landlord interests to national and local government. We provide a unified voice for private landlords and promote and protect landlord interests to national and local government.
- Network with top professionals
- Get advice from experienced landlords
- Learn how the Landlord and Tenant Board works
- Meet our recommended partners
- Take part in landlord activities, social events.
- A chance to "get involved!"
You Can Join the BC Landlords Association for a Low One-Time Registration Fee and Start Running Premium Credit Checks for Only $9.95/Check To Find Great Tenants!
With the current crisis going on it’s more important than ever for landlords to carefully screen your tenants. This always includes running a credit check to make sure your potential renters have a history of paying their bills.
When you join our landlord community you get multiple tools for you to succeed during good times and bad. For over a decade the BC Landlords Association has been helping small landlords succeed and getting our voice heard at last.
We also want to help tenants and want to have great communication between parties and a “win win” approach. The is why we have our Pay Your Rent Campaign where we encourage tenants to cooperate with their landlord.
Make Sure A Credit Check For $9.95 Is Part Of Your Screening Process
We were the first organization to promote credit checks for small landlords in Canada. We started this over a decade ago! Our partners are very reputable and you can run a check for only less than ten dollars!
There Are Lots Of Great Tenants Out There Looking For a Great Landlord
Make sure running a credit check is part of your screening. And only for $9.95/check!
Small landlords are different than big REIT corporate landlords. Many of us used to rent ourselves, or we have friends and family members who rent.
We are understanding and helpful. We are patient and kind to our tenants. We want to work things out for a win-win situation.
We also need rent to be paid on time in order to survive!
-Many tenants are not paying rent or even a portion of rent.
-Many tenants even with the means to pay are simply saying “No”
In our internal polling over 60% of tenants did not pay rent on May 1st.
WE NEED RENT TO BE PAID OR NON-PAYING BC TENANTS NEED TO BE EVICTED!
We understand many tenants are facing financial difficulties. Do not put their financial problems on the backs of small residential landlords who are also suffering.
Governments should help tenants with grants and interest free loans to help them pay their rent to their small landlords.
We need to open up the legal process and allow small landlords to evict non-paying renters.
If you think this is cruel then government can just give the tenants a grant or a loan, instead of putting all the pressure on small landlords.
Over 50% of our internal polling shows small landlords are going to sell as soon as they can.
This will hurt the entire rental stock of our province.
Contact the Premier Today By Sharing Your Experiences!
Please email us your story to: email@example.com
This will be sent to Premier Horgan.
We Need Change, We Need The Legal System For Evictions Open Now!
My name is Laura and I post under my name on the BC Landlords Forum. I’ve been active there for years to try to help other tenants and give some of my advice to help small landlords too.
These are crazy times for everyone.
And while tenants are suffering it’s also important to know your landlord might be suffering too. This pandemic is hurting everyone.
We Need To Stick Together
I used to own a house and we rented our basement out years ago and it really helped us cover our mortgage. When my husband died my children were grown so I decided to sell the house and rent.
Renting has a lot of advantages.
I don’t have to worry about any maintenance issues and my landlady has a service to cut the lawn and plow the snow. My landlord cover my utilities so she can get just one payment each month to keep things uncomplicated.
My landlady is a teacher and her husband has his own contracting company and they are terrific.
“Are You Going To Pay The Rent?”
When all this chaos started in March and the government said ‘tenants don’t have to pay rent” my landlady called me and asked me if I was going to pay the rent.
I told her “of course I will”. She was thankful and said if I needed a break just call her.
My Landlady Is Professional and Kind, And I Make Paying Rent A Priority
I’m in a pretty good situation where I don’t need to worry about buying food and my children are adults now. I know others might not be as safe as I am.
I’m going to pay the rent not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because I want to keep my excellent relationship with my landlady and know that if I don’t pay rent it could hurt her financially (and even lead to her selling this place).
Pay You Rent And If You Can’t Call Your Landlord
My landlady isn’t some big global corporation. She and her family invested and thanks to them I have a great place to stay at a great price.
Rent Strike Hits Small Landlords, Not The Corporate Landlords
-Not paying rent will just get rid of the small nice landlords who care about you.
-Not paying rent will not impact the big heartless corporations.
-The whole “rent strike” people are likely corporate landlords who want to get rid of small landlords who are their competition. At least that’s what I think.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!
I’m so happy to have a great rental with a great landlady. I feel safe and don’t ever want to move.
With Love And Wishing Everyone Stays Safe,
Smart Tenants Will Pay Rent & Cooperate With Your Landlord For a Win-Win Situation
Small landlords know the challenges tenants face. Because we faced them too! Many us were renters before.
We want to work with you to keep you renting from us.
Please know that just because we own a rental property, or rent out our basement, doesn’t mean we are rich. We aren’t.
Many of us are working class people who have decided to avoid the crazy stock market and buy a rental property to help us when we retire.
We need rent to be paid so we can also survive and want to cooperate with you to make sure we have a win-win relationship. We have to pay our mortgage, property taxes, insurance, maintenance.
There are calls saying “Don’t Pay Rent” all over social media
We want to make sure tenants know good landlords want to work with you for all of us surviving.
We support tenants in need, but many of us are also on the financial edge!
To prove our support, thousands of landlords and this association are lobbying both the provincial and federal government to create a nation-wide “rent bank” that will help tenants in need get grants or low-cost loans to pay rent.
This will make sure there is no “landlord-tenant” conflicts or haggling and keep landlords in business and tenants safe in their rental homes.
Something similar to the Canada student loan system where people in temporary need get financial help from the government.
Landlords want to work with tenants (and tenant groups) to make this happen. And happen fast!
Avoid The “Don’t Pay Your Rent” Memes and Media
This isn’t a poor tenant vs. a rich evil landlord issue.
It’s a working class tenant facing challenges renting from a working class small landlord who is also facing challenges.
If you don’t pay rent (like so many are saying) it will lead to eventually being evicted with large debts, and your search for a new home will include no reference and bad credit.
Good Landlords and Good Tenants Working Together
Tenants make sure you pay your rent on time, or work it out with your landlord.
Short term easy answers like “don’t pay rent” will lead to unnecessary problems for tenants a few months from now.
These groups should be joining us to lobby for a nation-wide rent bank to truly help tenants instead of wanting to “stick it to the landlord” (which only lead to legal issues down the road). But it’s so sexy to be a revolutionary, right?
If you can’t pay rent work things out with your landlord who will give you a discount or deferred payments.
Paying Rent or Cooperating With Your Landlord On A Fair Payment Plan Is the Smart Move!
Tenants Not Paying Rent?
Landlord and Tenant Branch is Closed?
Government Says Evictions Are Illegal?
What’s Going On And How Can Landlords Survive (and even thrive?)
The rental industry is pretty crazy these days. According to the government we can’t even evict tenants who refuse to pay to pay rent.
And lawyers and paralegals are demanding huge fees to “help” you with no guarantees of refunds if they lose at the tenancy branch.
Go ahead and ask them: if you don’t give me the result for the thousands of dollars I pay, will you pay me back?
Now is the time for all small business landlords to join our community and we become a strong voice for change!
Network with other landlords, many successful and experienced, to make sure your rental business succeeds
Join Our Landlord Community for A One Time Registration Fee!
Join Our Helpful and Supportive Community For Your Rental Business Success
BC landlords face a lot of challenges and need to be informed and careful to succeed in the current anti-landlord environment.
Join our BC Landlord Community to network with experienced and successful British Columbia landlords.
Our community is in BC and all across Canada with tens of thousands of residential landlords networking and helping each other.
Join us and join our winning team.
See the information on our services pages for details.
Make Your Rental Business Successful and Profitable! (and make sure you rent to great tenants!)
How Much Can A Landlord in BC Raise the Rent Next Year?
British Columbia landlords can raise the rent by up to 2.6% in 2020.
How Does That Compare with 2019?
How is the Rent Increase Guideline Calculated?
The rate is based on inflation. Unlike in past years only the inflation rate is used.
How Does This Compare to Other Provinces?
How Do I Give My Tenants Notice I’m Going to Raise the Rent?
Rent increase documents are available from government Residential Tenancy Branch here
What Does the BCLA Recommend Landlords Due Regarding the Rent Increase Guideline for 2020?
We recommend BC landlords raise the rent the maximum amount of 2.6% in 2020.
We Want Every Private Residential Landlord in BC To Make Sure Your Rental Property is “Fire Safe” to Protect Your Tenants in 2019-2020!
BC landlords know the importance of renting out nice rental units. After all, if you were a tenant you would want to rent a nice and clean property. There are lots of great tenants out there and they are seeking professional landlords who make sure their rental property looks to be in top notch condition.
Experienced BC landlords know that beauty is only step one when you rent out your property. You also need to make sure your rental property is safe and you know the rules for safety!
These landlords know how to avoid the ‘bad tenants’ out there as you can see from Landlords in BC – Top 5 Tenant Screening Mistakes, and know good landlords who find good tenants take the time to educate ourselves on the laws of the province and provide safe housing to tenants.
Fire safety is a huge issue. It’s vitally important small residential landlords make sure their rental property is safe and legal.
In order to help BC residential landlords we contacted the very helpful Stephen Watt. He’s the Codes and Standards Coordinator for the Office of the Fire Commissioner, Emergency Management B.C.
We truly appreciate the time Officer Watt spent to help us educate residential BC landlords.
1. What are the responsibilities of private residential landlords when it comes to fire safety?
The owner or owners authorized agent is required to carry out the provisions of the BCFC.
2. What are the rules for rental properties regarding making their property fire safe? Are there general guidelines or specific rules? Where can these be found for landlords to learn to make their rentals safe for tenants?
The requirement is to maintain the existing life safety systems installed in the building in working condition as per the original approved (by local building official) design.
Smoke alarms are required (as per Bulletin Smoke Alarm Bulletin – 2012 07 16 (Revised 2013 12 13)
3. Are these rules the same in all of the province?
Yes, in all areas under provincial jurisdiction. The City of Vancouver has similar requirements.
4. What are the rules for landlords when it comes to smoke alarms?
See Smoke Alarm Bulletin – 2012 07 16 (Revised 2013 12 13)
5. What are the rules for landlords when it comes to carbon monoxide alarms?
If they are installed they are to be maintained in working condition as per manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Regarding enforcement of the laws, what type of fines can landlords face if they are not following the laws?
Offence by owner or occupier
45 (1) An owner or occupier of a building or premises who fails to comply with an order made under this Act commits an offence.
(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable on conviction to the penalties provided in the Offence Act.
(3) In the case of a continuing offence, a person who commits the offence is liable to a further penalty of not more than $50 for each day during which the offence continues.
7. What can tenants do if they worry their rental home isn’t fire safe?
The OFC can be called at 1-888-988-9488
The local fire department can also be called
8. What happens if a tenant disables a smoke alarm? Can they be fined?
No the tenant cannot be fined; however, a compliance Order can be written against the owner to install a working smoke alarm.
9. Are there any great resources you recommend for residential landlords to learn more about their responsibilities when it comes to fire safety?
The OFC Bulletins, the Fire Services Act, and the BCFC
• Public Education Bulletins – http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/ofc/public-ed/index.htm
Houses used for Boarders, Lodgers and Roomers – 2005 12 20
Smoke Alarm Bulletin – 2012 07 16 (Revised 2013 12 13)
Consent to Enter a Private Dwelling – 2014 05 15
• Fire Safety Legislation
The Office of the Fire Commissioner administers the Fire Services Act and the BC Fire Code. Under this legislative authority, the Office appoints and trains local assistants to the fire commissioner (LAFC), implements fire safety regulations, processes technical code changes and resolves appeals.
Fire Services Act
2012 BC Building Code and 2012 BC Fire Code
10. How can small private residential landlords go the extra mile to make their rental property ultra safe for their tenants.
• Owners must maintain the existing life safety systems as per original approved building design.
• Provide additional battery operated smoke alarms in bedrooms , as smoke alarms in bedrooms are now required in all new dwellings unit built/constructed under the 2012 BC Building Code
• Provide tenants with OFC Bulletins and familiarization with the life safety system installed in the building, as part of fire safety planning.
BC Landlords make the extra effort to make sure your BC rental property is safe for your tenants.
In These Challenging Times We Have Created A New Level Of Membership To Help BC Landlords Succeed
PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP Provides You With Tools & Services To Succeed For A ONE-TIME FEE
Landlords across the province know there are a lot of great renters out there. These are people who pay the rent on time and respect you and your rental property. They follow the rules and treat the rental like it’s their own home.
When you rent to these types of tenants being a landlord is a nice and often profitable experience. Being a BC landlord can be an exciting and profitable business.
Sure there are always stories of landlords facing problems in British Columbia. But long term veterans know that if you have a professional tenant screening system and a strong network to assist you if any problems with tenants arise being a landlord can be fulfilling business investment. However, these same experienced landlords know we face new challenges.
BC Landlords Face A Lot of New Challenges
New landlords already know that one of the biggest challenges is the price just to buy your investment property. We have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a nice and attractive rental that good tenants are looking for.
With these types of prices we need to make sure we rent to tenants who pay on time and don’t make any damages. And while there are lots of great tenants out there, if you aren’t careful you ca get burned.
A Vancouver landlord was forced to set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page after a tenant turned his rental condo into “brothel/ prostitute ring” and trashed his property.
BC landlords also face a lot of new rules such as the “vacancy tax” and more. What’s troubling is things that hard working landlords know are important for our success, such as allowing for fixed term leases, are being changed and it’s unfair.
We also have a new rent guideline formula. For years we were allowed to raise the rent on existing tenants by the rate of inflation, plus an extra 2%. So the rent increase guideline for 2019 was originally announce at 4.5%.
However, now the guideline has been changed and it’s only 2.5%. Experienced landlords know our costs are going up and 2.5% is too low.
The list goes on and on (including legal marijuana) with one common theme: more rights for bad tenants and less rights for good landlords.
It’s why BC landlords need to network and help each other like never before.
A New Level Of Membership: BC LANDLORD PROTECTION MEMBERSHIP
With all these new challenges our BC team of landlords has come up with PROTECTION Membership to help landlords succeed.
We’re landlords too and have “skin in the game” and are not bureaucrats getting a salary to ineffectively “defend landlord interests” with many false facts. We know how important it is for landlords to protect ourselves and our rental properties!
For only an affordable one-time registration fee (no yearly fee) BC landlords get access to a ton of amazing tools and services that can’t be beat. Here are some of the benefits of membership:
BC Landlord Rental Kit
Get access to applications, notices and everything you need in our online library available to you 24/7.
Access To The Forums, Including the Private Members Forum Not Seen By The General Public
Network with other BC landlords and property managers as well as experienced landlords from across Canada to help you and your rental business succeed. In our Private Members Forum posts are not available to the general public and everyone is a verified landlord
Discounts on Premium Credit Checks
Get huge discounts on premium credit checks. We have partnered with Rent Check. They have over 40 years of experience in the industry and their checks PROTECT YOU FROM POTENTIAL COMPLAINTS TO THE PRIVACY COMMISSIONER AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS BUREAU. Rent Check is no intrusive and for only $9.99 you protect yourself.
Criminal Checks To Add To Your Tenant Screening System
We now offer low cost criminal checks to make sure you protect your rental property.
Get access to great insurance products for a big discount
Property Management Software
Manage your rentals the right way with discounts on terrific property management software.
Become a BC Landlord PROTECTION Member and Get Amazing Tools and Services To Help Your Rental Business Succeed and Make Profits!
All for a one-time registration fee! We help landlords because we’re landlords too!
Got Questions? Looking for Help? Want to Network With Other BC Landlords?
Join The BC Landlord Forum And Network With Thousands of Experienced and Successful Landlords Who Can Help You and Your Rental Business Succeed!
BC landlords know that it’s more important then ever before to make sure you find good tenants. And even when you find good tenants you need to know how to deal with any problems or situations that come up. And deal with them professionally and effectively to protect your rental business.
BC Landlords Face Challenges
There have been a lot of changes for BC landlords recently. For example, we now face challenges such as the “vacancy tax” which has put a big strain on many landlords to rent out their properties while seeming not even achieving the goals of the program. The good news is there are lots of great tenants out there and if you market your property correctly you will attract these tenants.
What Is a Good Tenant?
These are people who will treat you and your rental property with respect
1. Pay Rent On Time
Small landlords have to pay their mortgages every month and we need to get the rent on time. Good tenants make sure paying the rent when it’s due is a priority!
2. Don’t Damage The Rental Property
We all know how expensive it is to hire contractors these days. And fixing holes in drywall, cleaning carpets or other flooring can lead up to huge extra costs. Good tenants treat the rental property like their own.
3. Respect Other Tenants
For those of us who own multi-unit rentals we know that “tenant vs. tenant” issues can be stressful and expensive. Good tenants cooperate and get along with other tenants.
4. Follow the Lease Rules
Good tenants follow the lease rules you have set up. For example, they follow rules on things like parking and give proper notice when they decide to move out and keep the rental clean to give you the opportunity to find your next tenants (and cover your mortgage!)
5. Good Tenants Respect You, Their Landlord
We keep hearing about some renters who believe their landlords are making huge profits and getting rich just by being a landlord. Good tenants respect and appreciate their landlord who is providing them with a nice rental property.
Where Can BC Landlords Go If You Need Some Advice, Some Help Or Just Want To Network?
Join the BC Landlord Forum!
With all the challenges BC landlords are facing our team of experienced and success landlords decided to make sure our popular and influential forum is accessible to BC landlords.
For only a one-time fee you can now get a ton of great tools and services to help your rental business succeed….including access to the Landlord Expert Forum filled with thousands of BC landlords and even more experienced landlords and property managers across Canada!
BC Landlords Need to Help Other Succeed
By working together we can help each other face challenges and overcome them. If you have a problem, another experienced and successful landlord has faced it before and succeed and can give you advice. If someone has a problem you have faced before you can help them.
We also face some big issues in 2019! For example, how are we going to handle tenants who smoke and grow marijuana when it is legal?
BC Landlords Forum – Landlords Helping Landlords
This is a great place to share tips and advice. You’ve got a ton of Alberta landlords and also experienced and successful landlords from all across Canada who are united to help each other succeed by renting to good tenants and avoiding the pros.
Welcome To Our Huge BC Landlord Community and Welcome to the BC Landlord Forum!