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The “investigation” period is one of the most important stages in purchasing property. This is the time between your offer being accepted and removal of the conditions you included in your offer. Common conditions include approval for financing and insurance, and an inspection of the property. These conditions are often referred to as “subjects” as […]
When you have chosen the home you want to buy, you make an offer to the seller. The offer is usually made in a standard written contract of purchase and sale. The offer includes: The property, the parties (i.e. the buyer and seller) and the price. These are the basic terms of any sale contract. The […]
The new budget announced by the BC government included a number of new taxes that will apply to BC properties and property transfers. The first announcements included a possible speculation tax on non-BC resident owned properties. Little details of the speculation tax have been announced but it is intended to capture property owners who do […]
The Builder’s Lien Act, SBC 1997, C45, allows a builder to file a lien against the title of a property they have worked on and not received payment related to that work. The lien if registered is attached to the title of the property like any other encumbrance. If title for the property is pulled […]
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 […]