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BC Rental Supplement Extended Until End Of August

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

The B.C. government is extending the temporary rental supplement until the end of August 2020 to support renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to CBC News the temporary rental supplement (TRS) program provides $500 per month for eligible households with dependents and $300 per month for eligible households with no dependents. Eligible roommates are also able to apply for the supplement.

People who have already been approved for the TRS do not need to reapply, the government said in its announcement of the extension Friday. They will receive an email asking them to confirm they plan to live at the same address through July and August.

New applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 and will be eligible for a supplement for the month they are received.

“COVID-19 has touched all aspects of our lives and our economy,” Housing Minister Selina Robinson said in a statement.

“We’re continuing to protect renters as we also ensure landlords are receiving some income during this time.”

The government also said the ban on evictions for reasons other than non-payment of rent will be lifted later in June.

That will allow evictions in situations where, for example, a new owner buys the rental property and intends to move in or when a tenant is endangering the landlord or other tenants or subletting an apartment without permission, the province said.

Evictions in such situations will require a notice period of one to four months.

The province said it would provide advance notice before lifting the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent. Tenants will be responsible for repaying any owed rent, the statement read, but a framework will be put in place to give tenants time to repay owed rent.

Since the supplement was announced, the province said, 82,500 eligible applications for rent assistance have been submitted.

Discuss this and other vital issues in our BC Landlords Forum.

 

B.C. says landlords can start eviction process again, effective immediately

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

We are all small business landlords in British Columbia who have ‘skin in the game’ just like you do.

Unlike bureaucrats who get salaries to claim to advocate for landlords as part of their job description our livelihoods depend on our rentals.

So the news landlords are allowed to start evicting tenants again, but not for failing to pay the rent, was a mixed bag.

On Wednesday, the province’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing said landlords can once again issue a Notice to End Tenancy for reasons other than late or missed rent payments, effective immediately.

Landlords are also once again allowed to enter a rental suite without the tenant’s consent, including for maintenance and showings, provided they give 24 hours’ notice.

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Existing Eviction Orders Can Go To Court July 2

Any landlords who have existing eviction orders can take them to court for enforcement beginning on July 2nd.

The government stressed that its moratorium on evictions related to rent, and its moratorium on rent increases, remain in effect.

Officials said they will be giving the public advanced notice before lifting those measures.

“A framework will be put in place that will require landlords to work with tenants to repay rent that is owing over a reasonable period of time,” the ministry said.

This is a good start but we need to be able to evict for non-payment asap!

Landlords Need To Evict Non-Paying Tenants Now!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

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.

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We Need Change, We Need The Legal System For Evictions Open Now!

It’s Important To Pay Your Rent To Your Small Landlord

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

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,

Laura

 

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British Columbia Landlords Can Raise the Rent 3.7% in 2017

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

British Columbia B.C. landlords rent increase guideline 2017 is 3.7 percent

B.C. Landlords – The 2017 Rent Increase Guideline is 3.7%

Are you going to raise the rent in 2017?

With costs rising, and the risk of damages to your rental property it’s important to keep your rents high enough to cover your expenses.

In 2017 B.C. landlords can raise the rent a maximum of 3.7% for current tenants.

In 2016 residential landlords can raise the rent by only 2.9%.

If you are planning on raising the rent remember you can only do so once a year by the legal permitted amount. You also need to provide proper notice and use the proper forms.

For more information on how to raise the rent in 2017 go to the residential tenancies website.

B.C. Landlords Are You Going To Raise the Rent in 2017?

Remember to follow the rules for rent increases carefully and let 2017 be a successful year for your rental business!

Join Us For Help and Great Services For BC Landlords!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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BC landlords are waking up to the fact you need to screen tenants carefully to avoid renting to the “pro tenants” out there.

Sure there are a lot of great tenants out there. However, times have change and it’s important for landlords to protect themselves, their properties and their wallets.In the past you could rely on a handshake with tenants before you handed over the keys. Oh, those were the days!

Experienced BC landlords know there are lots of great people looking to rent safe and affordable properties from friendly and professional small landlords and also lots of not so good tenants who can end up costing you thousands of dollars in losses and months of stress.

It’s up to you to make sure you find good tenants and rent to them. And you now have the services and tools you need to identify good tenants, avoid the bad tenants out there, and become a successful BC landlord for an incredible low price.

Lots of Great Tenants, And Some Others You Need To Avoid

Landlords across British Columbia are still shocked at how a couple of serial bad tenants managed to rip off so many landlords in a short period of time.

They eventually paid one of the landlords what they avoid to avoid jail time, but there are still lots of landlords who they owe money to and the legal process for B.C. landlords seeking justice is slow and stressful.

You Can’t Get Blood From a Stone

This old saying applies for BC landlords.

If you rent to bad tenants who don’t pay rent and rip you off you will have to go to court to try to get your money back.

Canada doesn’t have debtors prisons and if your ex-tenants don’t have any money you won’t see a cent.

This is why it’s important to run tenant credit checks and rent to good tenants and avoid all the hassles of chasing bad tenants who will never pay you the rent they owe and you will never be fully paid for the stress they gave you!

Why Do BC Landlords Rent to Bad Tenants?

There is an excellent article at the Globe and Mail on this topic.

The Globe interviewed Rochelle Johannson who is a lawyer who deals with landlord and tenant disputes.

According to Rochelle too many small landlords base their decision on who to rent to on whether they “like the person or not.”

Too many landlords rely on their “gut feeling” and don’t verify what the people who want to rent your rental property say.

Even when some landlords do a bit of digging they often don’t do it the right way.

Calling a reference the renter gives you might be a friend acting as a former landlord or former employer. They will tell you lies to help their pal rent from you…and rip you off!

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Landlords have right to set the rules

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

August 19th, 2012

Landlords have right to set the rules

 

Re: “Landlords shouldn’t rule out smokers,” Aug. 3.

As a former landlord, I would like to point out that it is appropriate to abide by the landlord’s legally set rules and requirements. It is not appropriate for the tenant to dictate what those rules should be.

Individually, smokers or pet-owners are not necessarily bad tenants, but as a group, they do tend to cost more.

A professional or steadily employed person is not necessarily a good tenant, but as a group, they do tend to cost less and are hence more desirable prospects.

It is appropriate for tenants to spend their money as they wish. It is not appropriate to tell a landlord how to spend the landlord’s money.

A frustrated landlord might be forgiven for telling a demanding tenant to get out in the real world and buy his or her own place.

In short, if you risk the money, you make the rules.

Lori Hamilton

Cobble Hill

 

 

 

http://www.timescolonist.com/health/Landlords+have+right+rules/7076056/story.html

Landlord Lends A Helping Hand to Tenants In a Bind

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

August 3rd, 2012

 

We Need More Media Coverage on All the Great Landlords Out There!

Media Coverage Showing Landlords In a Good Light?

Yes.

You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me

The published story isn’t in British Columbia and was covered by the Alberta media.

What Happened?

A couple from Ontario decided to pack up and move to Calgary for a better quality of life and more opportunity.  Unfortunately the moving company screwed up and sent all their personal belongings to British Columbia.  It’s now going on weeks that the couple haven’t had their things.

For Weeks? How Are they Getting By?

Moving is already expensive enough. And the moving company says it will take more time before their belongings can be delivered.  The couple are purchasing the most important things they need such as cutlery from the local dollar store.  One of the biggest problems they face is there mattresses are still in B.C.

Mattresses are Expensive

Fortunately the couples’ landlord is helping the couple. The landlord has even lent the couple mattresses!

Great Landlords!

Yes. This is just one example of what landlords all over Canada do regularly. Tenants are our customers and while we need to make sure they follow the rules and laws, helping tenants and often ‘giving them a break’ on things like paying rent late or adding special features to our rental properties is a regular part of our industry.

Except the Media Ignores It

All we usually see are scathing articles on houses in disrepair, the need for rent control, and eye-catching headlines such as “Landlords Fined!

We ask the media to recognize there are thousands of great landlords out there. Let’s get their stories out to the public.

To read more about this story, visit the Alberta Landlords Association.