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Fire Safety Campaign To Help BC Landlords!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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We Want Every Private Residential Landlord in BC To Make Sure Your Rental Property is “Fire Safe” to Protect Your Tenants!

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?

See http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96144_01#section45

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.

British Columbia Landlords: Find Good Tenants! Use Credit Checks

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Use our BC landlord services to Find Great Tenants And Avoid the Serial Bad Tenants Out There!

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The report of the CBC investigation of serial bad tenants is a huge wake-up call for landlords all across our province.

The report is about serial bad tenants who don’t pay rent.

It has landlords demanding a bad-tenant registry in British Columbia.

We had a Vancouver landlord email us the following:

“I also rented to some bad tenants. I was lucky they left owing only a month of rent and left the rental property pretty clean with the keys in the door.

I know see how lucky I was and will never rent to anyone without screening them properly!”

A landlord in Kelowna wrote in:

“This type of tenant scam happens all the time. Only now the media finally reported it!”

We even had an Alberta landlord write in with advice:

“Don’t wait for the government to do anything because they won’t. Make sure you check out anyone who wants to rent your property because this type of bad renter behaviour is happening not just in British Columbia.”

What Makes a Tenant A Good Tenant?

The good news is most of the tenants are there are good. These are the people you need to rent to. They treat you and your property with respect and pay the rent on time.

What is a Bad Tenant?

As we see from the CBC news report, bad tenants don’t pay the rent.

It’s also common for these types of tenants to cause damages to your rental property, leave a lot of garbage behind when they finally move, and cause a lot of drama with other tenants (and give their drama to you, the landlord).

How Can A Landlord Find Good Tenants? (And Avoid the Serial Ones)?

The most effective way is to be careful who you rent to.

A good tenant screening process includes a credit check.

It will provide you with a window on your tenant applicants financial history, as well as verify employment and past addresses.

What Will A Tenant Credit Check Show Me?

It’s exactly what successful landlords need to rent to the great tenants out there!

1. Credit Score

A credit score reveals the credit worthiness of a potential tenant.

If they have a history of paying their bills on time and being careful with the debts and finances it will result in a high credit score.

2. Current and Past Addresses

If any of the landlords had check their tenant’s credit they would have been able to see where they lived before and contacted those former landlords.

This way they would have found these tenants had a history of not-paying rent.

3. Employment

Are they currently employed? What about past employment?

4. Identification verification

Are they who they really say they are?

5. Past court judgments and other important information

Has anyone sued them and won a judgment against them? Do they owe anyone money? Are people chasing after them to try to collect debts owed?

All this is vital information about the people who are thinking of allowing into your investment property.

How Much Will This Cost?

Other groups charge members an annual fee to become a member.

Yikes! Those fees add up!

We don’t believe this is fair for small landlords.

For small landlords this large fee can add up, especially as you have to continue to pay year after year.

British Columbia Landlords – Get our services for only a one-time fee of only $99 and get access to the best credit checks available at a great price!