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Become An BCLA Member And Begin Running TVS Credit Checks For Only $10/Check!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Join the BC Landlords Association for a One-Time Registration Fee & Start Running TVS Credit Checks For for Only $10.00/Check.

A Huge Savings For Our Community Members!

Members of the BC Landlords Association follow the rules and work hard for win-win landlord-tenant relationships. Unlike other groups we stress the need for lawful tenant screening and have never had a bad tenant list. Landlords need to screen each applicant based on legal screening measures. The good news is you can run credit checks.

But not all credit checks are created equal.

There have been many opportunistic ‘start-ups’ who aren’t landlords offering services that are unstable and not what you want to use for your long term rental business success.

The BC Landlords Association is honoured to recommend our members to TVS – Tenant Verification Service Inc. For Big Discounts For Great Checks In North America

Tenant screening helps minimize the risk of renting to high-risk tenants and reduces the risk of rental income loss. This helps protect your rental investment.

TVS is a premier nationwide tenant screening service that offers a fast and efficient tenant screening service. We can:

  • provide a full credit report from Equifax
  • provide a background criminal check
  • safeguard your rental investment
Whether you are looking for a complete credit evaluation or comprehensive tenant screening, TVS provides 24/7 online access to a variety of consumer reports to meet your specific needs.
Credit reports provide valuable financial information and are great tools to evaluate your applicant’s payment habits and overall credit health.
TVS Criminal reports provide important insights that ensure you’re making better decisions on prospective tenants. Our background checks are essential tools to ensure a safer community and a protected property.

A consumer credit report can provide you with an overview of your applicant’s financial health.  You can see if they have overdue accounts, how much credit they have utilized and their history of payments.  This will help you to determine if they take their financial responsibilities seriously which is an indication of how they might treat their rental payments.

As a member of the Ontario Landlord Association, you pay only $10.00 for an Equifax Consumer Credit Report.

Run TVS Credit Checks For Success

All information received in the background investigation process will be remained by confidential, secured files with restricted access to only those who a need to know.

TVS credit checks give you tremendous information to allow you to make the right decision.

Take Control Of Your Rental Business and Succeed!

Tenants respect landlords who are professional and use the best services. They feel confident in you and will rent from you over other landlords who are not as professional.

A TVS report give you all the information you need to choose the best tenants for your property.

Non-Member Price: $21.58

BCLA Members Price: $10.00 per check 

Become an BCLA member for a one time community fee just to help us cover our costs and the savings is incredible when you run a premium credit check on your potential tenants with TVS!

B.C. Rent Freeze Extended To July 2021

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Despite All The Challenges Small BC Landlords Already Face, Now Rents Are Frozen Until July 2021

It wasn’t long ago that British Columbia landlords were informed we could  raise the rent by up to 1.4% in 2021. 

This has now changed.

B.C. rent freeze extended to July 2021

Premier John Horgan’s NDP government has extended the freeze on rent increases until July 10, 2021, one of the government’s first initiatives since being re-elected on Oct. 24.

Tenants Need Help To Pay Landlords The Rent They Owe

The rent freeze will not help most tenants as the rate for 2021 was already at a low of only 1.4%. If the Premier wants to help tenants not be be evicted he needs to extend other programs as well.

BC Landlords Association Calls For Extension Of The $500-a-month Rental Assistance Program

Our province was the leader in Canada in helping hard working tenants pay rent and help small landlords (who need rent for our businesses to survive) at least get some rent.

In many cases our tens of thousands of BC landlord members said when tenants were getting government help, it allowed landlords to work out payment plans with our tenants to avoid evictions.

Let’s Continue To Help Tenants And Help Landlords Avoid Evicting Our Tenants

The BC Landlords Association has always been grassroots.

We don’t have “spokesmen” with high salaries who aren’t even landlords giving empty speeches and expensing their lunches and cocktails at 5 star hotels.

They shamefully got all excited after our grassroots association took off and they tried to cash in and have failed landlords across British Columbia!

We’re landlords just like you!

Rent Increases Are Frozen Until July 2021, And We Need An Extension By the Premier To Extend Help For Tenants

Let’s continue to be the leader in fairness for both tenants and landlords and work together to through these challenging times

BC Landlords Association Want A Win-Win Solution For Landlords and Tenants

Let’s get this done and be the example other provinces in Canada will follow…and countries around the world will follow!

BC Landlords Can Raise the Rent 1.4 % in 2021

Friday, September 4th, 2020

How Much Can A Landlord in BC Raise the Rent Next Year?

British Columbia landlords can raise the rent by up to 1.4% in 2021

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?

In Ontario, landlords are faced with the 2021 rent increase being capped at 0%

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 2021?

We recommend BC landlords raise the rent the maximum amount of 1.4% in 2021.

BC Landlords – Run Criminal Checks For Huge Discounted Prices

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

With So Many Problems From A Small Group of Bad Tenants Out There More Landlords Are Using Criminal Checks to Protect Their Rental Properties…And Now You Can Too For a Discounted Price!

BC landlords are excited about how many great tenants are out there.  These are tenants who pay their rent on time and respect both the rental property and their landlord in a mature and professional manner.

Many BC landlords have faced problems with their tenants during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s now more important than ever to protect yourself and your property!

Take Your Tenant Screening System To A Higher Level (Not Just Credit Checks, Social Media and References)

It’s time to make sure you run criminal background checks on your potential tenants. And you can now do so with our Protection Membership.

The BC Landlords Association has brought forth a revolution in tenant screening over the past decade.

Experienced and successful landlords in our community were the ones who educated others on the importance of screening your tenants very carefully.  Before we came along there was very little talk about landlord issues and few BC landlords even knew they could run credit checks on tenants (and why they should run them).

With so many good people looking for a place to ‘call home’ and rent from you, it is essential that small landlords avoid the professional tenants out there.

These professional tenants know how to manipulate the system and can lead small landlords to not only sleepless nights, but to financial ruin.

Professional Tenants Hurt Good Tenants, Not Only Their Landlord

These types of people who make leave huge damages and owed rent behind not only hurt the landlord, it hurts good tenants who are looking for a nice rental property. Landlords who face huge financial losses often leave the industry.  Or they will raise rents to help pay for the repair costs.

Sadly, we continue to see some landlords not being careful and being ripped off by these professional tenants.

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Regular criminal check price: $59.00/check + $75.00 set up charge

BC Landlord Member Price: $24.95/check and no set up charge

And it’s all for only a one time fee (no annual fee). We landlords just like you and we know how tight the budgets are for many BC Landlords and this is why we want to keep your costs down for the best services out there.

BC Landlord Tenant Criminal Checks – Become a BC LANDLORD PROTECTION Member And You Can Add Criminal Checks To Your Tenant Screening System For A Huge Discount!

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!

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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BC Landlords Speak Out: “It’s My Property And If I Don’t Want To Rent To Tenants With Pets That’s My Right!”

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

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Landlords Speak Out And Submit Their Experiences Regarding Changes in BC Rental Laws

As part of our “Let’s Improve the British Columbia Rental Industry” we have invited landlords and tenants to share their opinions on how we can make these improvements. These opinions are from individual contributors and are not the opinions of the BC Landlords Association. We believe by fostering communication between landlords and tenants we can improve the BC rental industry. Landlords and tenants can share your thoughts and opinions by emailing us at landlordtenantsolutions@groupmail.com

BC Landlords Speak Out:  It’s My Property And If I Don’t Want To Rent To Tenants With Pets That’s My Right!

This is my first contribution here and hope is will help fix this crazy debate about making “no pets” illegal for landlords in British Columbia.

First of all I will disclose that I am a businessWOMAN and a Feminist who has had to fight hard in our patriarchal system to just get to where I am now. After decades of facing male bullying, much of it under the guise of “we have no choice” rhetoric what is happening to landlords in BC this year is just more of the same. Bullying under the guise of “fairness” or whatever. It’s all coded and those who want to destroy our property rights are just using rhetoric.

This whole issue is not about pets at all, it’s about property rights. I am the one who saved for years to afford to buy a rental in the hopes it will help me in my retirement. I’m not a government bureaucrat with a gold plated pension. As a small business person I won’t get anything from the government when I retire and have to make wise investments to protect myself.

Poverty Rates For Women Over 60 Are Higher Than For Men

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As a woman and a Feminist soon to be in retirement age it’s especially frightening what can happen if I don’t invest and save wisely. My rental property is a key tool for me to survive.

Pets Are Being Weaponized As A Way To Take Away My Rights

As a woman I’ve seen this types of campaigns before. These type of “moral” arguements were common in the 1970s when a woman’s right to an abortion was framed as ‘evil’ even if the woman was raped!

I Don’t Want To Rent To Tenants With Pets, And It’s My Right To Make That Decision!

With the recent decision to basically end fixed term leases it looks like the “social justice warriors” and the “millennial who want everything for free” are dead set to use the “pet issue” as a tool to continue to take away property rights. They are using the tactics of communist agitator Saul Alinksy to tug at the public heartstrings instead of showing the real issue at hand.

For example, you can see Saul Alinsky’s Rule #11

This person was a notorious commie who influenced people like Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama!  Alinksky wrote:

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread blame.

Why I Don’t Want Pets?

Am I heartless? Am I some evil Trump-like entity who want to put animals to slaughter and I profit because I own the slaughterhouse?Am I just a bad person?

No, no, no.  I’m a working grandmother who was a single mom and worked damn hard to get to a point where I can take care of myself and help my daughter who went married an abusive alcoholic and has successfully brought up three excellent children with my financial help.

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As A Landlord and a Woman Let Me Run My Rental Business As I See Fit And Don’t  Tell Me What I “Must Do!”

There are many reasons for me to refuse to rent to renters with pets.  There is no need for me to explain this or justify my actions. My whole purpose is to help me, my daughter, and my grandchildren from the type of poverty so many women and girls face in our society.  My actions and decisions as a landlord are business decisions for the property I have invested in and I own.

No Pet Clauses Are All About Big Brother (Men) Telling The Rest of What To Do (and threatening us if we disagree)

If the male social justice warriors really care about pets (which I am highly suspicious of) they should lobby the government to provide more government house that accepts pets.

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The Push For “Pet Rights” Is BS. If The Push For “It’s Illegal To Refuse Pets” Really Cared They Would Demand This in Government Housing (and lobby the gov’t to build this type of housing!)

Don’t try to take away my property rights with your Saul Alinsky tactic of saying “oh, all the pets are abandoned because of private landlords.” We all know this is simply bullsh*t and if you really cared about pets you would be lobbying the government to invest in pet friendly housing and not trying to take away our landlord property rights.

Fellow BC Landlords Need to Fight Back

I worked hard to invest in my rental property and we need to fight back against the male communist millennials who want to take over our every thing we own and tell us what to do.  The male elite continue to use debatable issues such as “low vacancy” and “pets” as an emotional cover to take away the property rights of hard working people who have invested in rental property in British Columbia. Just say no.

Actually, with all the bullying all landlords must yell out “NO!”.

B.C. Landlord Rent Increase Guideline for 2016 is 2.9%

Friday, January 8th, 2016

bc landlords rent increase for 2016British Columbia Landlords – The 2016 Rent Increase Guideline is 2.9%

Are you going to raise the rent in 2016? As costs rise many BC landlords are going to raise the rent and want to know how much they can raise rents in 2016.

British Columbia landlords can raise the rent only one annually. Furthermore the rents can only be raised by amount allowed by provincial law. Landlords also must provide their tenants with at least three months notice and use the property forms. The rent increase is a percentage equal to the rate of inflation plus 2%. For more information see the province website here: Rent Increases