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By Stuart Cappus Tenants and landlords often enter into fixed-term rental agreements. Commonly referred to as leases, these agreements provide the parties with some assurance as to how long the tenancy will last. But what if a tenant breaks the lease by moving out early before the term is up? When this happens, the landlord […]
After both parties have filed their initial documentation in a Small Claims Dispute the court registry will set the matter down for a settlement conference. There is always the risk that a matter proceeding forward in Small Claims may not go in an individual favour and it is often a burdensome task for all the […]
If an individual is successful in a legal action in another province or country it is possible for them to have that judgement recognized by the BC court system. The law regarding foreign and interprovincial judgements is complex but it is possible in some cases to use the same enforcement mechanisms available as if the […]
Often an individual struggles to return to their employment immediately following an injury and may have to take several months off or be permanently off work depending on the severity of the injury. Some employees will have the advantage of short term and long term disability programs but these may not be available to all […]
The BC Human Rights Tribunal handles all complaints of discrimination under the BC Human Rights Code in BC. An individual who has been discriminated against with regards to their employment, publically available services, accommodation and/or publications can begin the process by filing a complaint with the Tribunal in person, by mail, fax or online. After […]
By Stuart Cappus The Sale of Goods Act applies to any contract where one person sells goods to another. From a teapot to a car, the goods in question can be any kind of personal property. These contracts of purchase and sale don’t have to be and often aren’t in writing. Most of the time […]
As more individuals choose to rent out basements suites or invest in rental properties it is important for potential landlords to be aware of their liability for accidents or falls that occur on their rental property. Residential landlords may not have complete control over a rented premises or the members of the public who have […]
By Stuart Cappus We’ve previously discussed how a landlord can evict a tenant from a rental unit. However, evicting a tenant does not ensure that they will actually leave the unit. Despite being served with an eviction notice, some tenants simply refuse to leave willingly. What is a landlord to do in that situation? The […]
By Stuart Cappus A release is like a liability waiver in that it is a contract between two parties concerning the right of one to sue the other. However, whereas liability waivers are signed before an incident or loss occurs, releases are signed after the fact and only once the parties have settled their dispute. […]
By: Simon Irving When entering into a residential tenancy contract there are two options with regard to the rental period of the agreement. A landlord and tenant can agree that the tenancy period will be on a month to month basis or for a set term. As the rental market becomes more competitive it is […]