FRESH from India: A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and sushi, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here.  Today, in our last instalment, we feature Astha from India. Newcomer Profile Astha is a young software engineer who ...

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Tips for Renegotiating Your Lease

Tips for Renegotiating Your Lease

As we celebrate the new year, many of you may be about to renegotiate a lease imminently or, at least, sometime in the coming year. This is a daunting exercise for many but it doesn't have to be if you prepare and develop a strategy. Chances are your landlord will take the opportunity to raise the rent by the allowable amount (2.5% in BC). However, if you present your case ...

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New Year, New Home

Every year we make resolutions for ourselves vowing to get fitter, save more, learn Italian etc. but what about the spaces we live in? What about setting some New Year’s goals for our homes? After all, they offer us respite from the outside world and are worth our attention. Here are some easy ways to ensure you can live your best life in your very best home! Simplify So often new year’s ...

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Deposit Debrief – Your Questions on Security Deposits Answered

Unsure about handing extra money over to your new landlord?  Here we've outlined the basics with respect to security and pet deposits in the province of British Columbia. These rules are sometimes revised so the ultimate source should always be the Residential Tenancy Branch. Security Deposit A security deposit often called a damage deposit is paid to the landlord before a tenancy begins and protects the landlord from unforeseen damage caused by a ...

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So You Want to Study (& Work) in Canada?

There is no disputing that the best way to learn a language or understand a culture is full immersion.  Canada has become the destination of choice for thousands around the world trying to do just that  - improve their English and/or gain insight into North American culture.  However, it is a little more involved than simply booking flight tickets. There are a number of steps you need to follow before ...

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Improving Your Liv Score

So you are using the Liv rental app to find a place to live in Vancouver. You love the look and feel and functionality. The fact you can search properties, book viewings, sign contracts and even pay your rent through the app is blowing your mind – so simple, so convenient! However, one thing is bugging you - your Liv Score seems low. This means some landlords may not consider ...

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FRESH from Australia – A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and abundant weed, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here. Today, we feature Amy from Australia. Newcomer Profile Amy is a young, Australian professional who was seeking travel, ...

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Here's a quick list of rights you have as a tenant In a tight rental market, renters must be informed and astute as landlords often hold the balance of power in the negotiation process. If you haven’t had much experience as a tenant, it’s important to know your rights before signing a lease agreement! Signing a Lease If you can't provide adequate references, it is reasonable for a landlord to request recent pay stubs, ...

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Renting For The First Time   There’s always a first for everything. And renting your first place can be a daunting task. We’ve outlined some tips to make the rental process for your next house or apartment, a little less intimidating and more successful.   Pre Search References. You will need to secure 3 references who might be willing to receive calls from prospective landlords. Given that you won’t have a previous landlord reference, reach out ...

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