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Welcome to Smart Landlord BC.ca

Whether you rent out several apartments or just your basement suite, you are in the business of being a Landlord and should approach landlording in a professional and business-like manner.

Being a Landlord in BC brings many legal responsibilities and financial obligations.  You must comply with governing bodies and health, safety and housing standards required by law, even if it is just your basement suite. In addition, rental income is taxable and must be reported to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Did you know?

Over 1/3 of all households in British Columbia are rented, and according to the Residential Tenancy Branch, there are approximately 25,000 arbitrated tenancy disputes every year in BC. 

As a Landlord, the odds that you will be involved in a tenancy dispute of some sort are fairly high. Because of this, we are here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities. Knowing the Residential Tenancy Law will help you avoid and/or settle disputes without having to go to arbitration. 

Smart Landlord Tip

Smart Landlords will document everything.  Do your best to communicate with your Tenant in writing, otherwise be sure to write down the date and time of every conversation and every inspection.  Keep copies of all your documentation.  Read the Residential Tenancy Act and know your rights inside out.

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