Rental Repairs – Who is Responsible for What?

You’ve signed a lease on a new apartment and you’re excited about your new digs…but what if things don’t work according to plan. The electrical outlet that will power your beloved Nespresso machine is dead or the sink perpetually drips? What to do? Well, before moving in, be sure to conduct your own inspection preferably alongside a property manager or landlord. Make note of things that aren’t functioning properly, taking ...

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Property Maintenance – Someone’s Gotta Do It

What are tenants responsible for? Renters often get a bad rap – a reputation as messy, careless and disrespectful to properties. This is really unfortunate given the majority of renters who do treat their rental home like it was their own. Maintaining a property is the shared responsibility of both landlords and tenants. Landlords must ensure it is clean, safe and livable before new tenants move in but once in, the best ...

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FEATURE LISTING: Shangri-la La Land Two Bedroom Apartment

Enjoy luxury amenities, spectacular views, and gourmet kitchen in this beautiful, spacious, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath apartment on the 32nd floor of one of Vancouver's most desirable properties - the Shangri-la. The beautifully appointed, state of the art kitchen boasts granite countertops, and  stainless steel appliances as well as a generous island providing extra space for cooking and entertaining guests. The master bedroom fits a king size bed and ...

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Making it Work – Raising a Family in an Apartment

North Americans are accustomed to space. Most of them subscribe to the notion that apartment living is for singletons and couples and once they start a family, it is time to find a house. But this contrasts with most of the world where it is the norm to grow up in an apartment, in an urban setting.  In a city like New York, for example, almost everybody, rich or poor, lives ...

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Ins & Outs of BC’s Empty Home Taxes

As part of a 30-point plan to help alleviate the housing crisis, the Province of British Columbia has imposed a speculation and vacancy tax hoping to turn vacant, under-utilized properties into homes for people living and working in BC. For Vancouverites, this is in addition to the civic Empty Home Tax levied for the same reasons. Though the intent of these taxes is noble, the implementation has proven confusing and ...

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FEATURED LISTING: One Bedroom Apartment on Robson by Hotel Blu

Contemporary West Coast living combined with state-of-the art technology and luxe amenities await you at the Residences at Hotel Blu. Elegantly appointed, this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment is warm and inviting and perfectly situated! Located on Robson, near the Vancouver Public Library, BC Place,  Rogers Arena, and Yaletown, the city is at your doorstep.  Inside, the kitchen impresses with polished fixtures, contemporary cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The living ...

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Share and Share Alike: Best Apps To Manage Utilities

Having roommates is an economic necessity for many and a preferred choice for others wanting a little more elbow room that a 2+ bedroom affords. However, the payment logistics of shared expenses can cause friction or unwanted complexity to these living arrangements. Here are a five apps to help ensure persistent roommate pain points are avoided and living together is beautiful thing. Splitwise A free tool for friends and roommates, this app helps ...

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4 Tips for Hanging Art from Artist, Christine Breakell-Lee

It isn't quite as easy as taking hammer to nail!   The best way to make your house a home is to personalize the walls with meaningful paintings, prints, tapestries, posters,  oars etc. - whatever connects you to your space. We've asked a pro - a local, abstract artist, Christine Breakell-Lee, to give us a few pointers on how to display and hang your art for best effect. . 1. Art Placement and ...

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Tenant’s Insurance – 5 Reasons You Should Have It

According to Statscan, only 50% of Canadian renters have tenant's insurance (a.k.a. renter's insurance, content insurance). The reasons are a bit unclear but the running assumption is that renters assume they are covered by their landlord's policy.  This is a potentially dangerous assumption. The landlord's policy will cover all the bigger things - the pipes, structural issues, appliances etc. BUT it does not cover your belongings (theft or damage) or ...

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Picking the Right Tenant is No Easy Feat

Your tenant can be your best ally or biggest problem, so do your due diligence before signing a lease and choose the right tenant. Tenant turnover is arguably the single biggest cost for you as a landlord. Whenever a tenant vacates, significant costs are incurred. The cost of vacancy, for example - your property may be vacant for one month or more, impacting cash flow. You will also likely have to ...

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