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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 […]
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: 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 […]
By Stuart Cappus For a variety of reasons, two or more people can find themselves owning a single piece of property together. They could have bought the property together. Some or all could have inherited their interest in the property from a former owner. Regardless of how they came to own a property together, there […]
By Stuart Cappus Tenants often leave things behind when they move out of a rental unit. In certain circumstances, the landlord is entitled to assume that the tenant has abandoned those belongings and proceed to remove and dispose of them. Specifically, if a tenant leaves things behind after moving out at the end of their […]
By Stuart Cappus A landlord can evict a tenant for any number of reasons. In all cases, the landlord must give the tenant a certain amount of notice. How much notice depends on the reason the tenant is being evicted. The most common notices of eviction are: 10-day notice: Unpaid Rent If the tenant fails […]
By Stuart Cappus When a tenant moves into a rental unit, the landlord will require the tenant to pay a damage deposit. The damage deposit cannot be more than ½ the monthly rent. Right before the tenant moves in, the landlord and tenant should inspect the unit, and complete and sign a Condition Inspection Report. […]
A builders lien holdback is money that is held back at the time of sale of a property. The holdback is released after the time limit for filing a builders lien has expired. In B.C. a claim of builders lien may be filed against a property no later than 45 days after the date the improvement (building) is completed, abandoned or terminated.
What do you do when you think you have sold your house but the buyer does not complete the purchase? The rights of the seller are set out in the contract of purchase and sale. The standard contract of purchase and sale used in many sales in British Columbia contains the following provision: 12. TIME: […]