Make Your Rental Ad(s) Standout!

rentalpropertyLets take a look at how to make your rental property standout from the others!

Property Description- Find a balance between too much or too little information about your property. Not enough information can make your potential tenants to think you’re hiding something. Make sure you have the basics laid out, such as: location, schools, neighborhood, things included/not included, rent amount, bedrooms, bathrooms.

If your rental unit has special features be sure to place them in your ad! Tenants like information, but just enough information will do..

Pictures- Have pictures to show tenants what the unit looks like, be sure that the pictures are right-side up, actual size and the lighting is good. Using these little tips will complement and enhance your description.

Presentation- Good presentation is the key point in making a potential tenant to want to rent from you. Of course your unit needs to be spotless inside and out, but you should also think about making small cosmetic changes. If you have the luxury of having a empty unit, you should think about staging. A rental unit that has an odd layout, it’s best to stage your unit to make the tenant see how they can place their furniture.

Even though these are only three small tips, they can make a BIG change and draw more potential tenants.

What Good Tenants HATE!

how-to-keep-the-good-tenantsGood tenants expect attention and appreciation, just like a Landlord expects to be paid rent on time.. Here are 10 things a good tenant hates! Don’t make these mistakes, or you might lose your good tenant..

1.Good tenants hate being disturbed – Being a good tenant means that you are considerate of others around you, making you a good neighbor, so if they’re neighbors are throwing wild parties all night, they’re going to be upset. As a landlord, you don’t want drug dealers to be in your building, but if there is one the traffic can be to much for your other tenants.

2. Having no place to park – Having designated parking is key for tenants with a vehicle.. What can drive a good tenant away, is if they have a parking spot that is always taken from other renters in the building/unit. Make sure that if you tenant has a problem with other renters you deal with it right away.

3. Landlords who don’t do what they say they will – If a Landlord makes a promise to do something or has rules for tenants, your tenants expect you to follow by them. Make sure all tenants have the same rules, don’t let one of your tenants get away with everything! It wouldn’t be fare to kick someone out for the same reason another tenant has done multiple times. It is always a good thing to have everything in writing. Example of saying something and not doing it: “When moving into my unit, my landlord told us he would fix the sink, its been 2 weeks and haven’t hear from him…”

4. Ignoring repairs/slow response – Every tenant deserves to have a Landlord that they can count on when something breaks down. If a tenant is not able to repair the break on their own, they turn to their landlords, so it’s not good when you don’t get back to them right away. Ignoring or giving a slow response can drive your tenants away/give you a bad Landlord rep.

5. Bad Surprises – The worst surprise a tenant can get is that their Landlord is selling their home out of the blue.. Be sure to tell your tenants that you are planning on selling your home and tell them what to expect after the house is sold; Able to still live their, have to find other arrangements etc.

6. Feeling Unsafe – It is a Landlords responsibility to make sure that all tenants are safe.

7. Tenants that don’t obey the rules – Don’t allow a tenant to get away with not following the rules. This will drive a good tenant insane! All rules should apply to all tenants within the building. If you notice that a tenant is not obeying the rules, make sure you deal with the problem right away, be sure to tell them that if it happens again, they can and will face eviction.

8. Landlords who don’t respond to complaints – Don’t get me wrong, when you have a tenant that just likes to complain consistently on other tenants it can be irritating! But none the less, be sure to take complaints seriously! After dealing with the complaint, update the tenant that complained so they know your on top of it.

9. Rudeness from Landlords – This should be a no-brainier! Whether your a good tenant or not, having a rude Landlord will make you want to leave.

10. Being Unappreciated – Make your tenants appreciated! Even by saying “thank you” can make your tenants feel appreciated. Try and have small talk when you see your tenants around the rental units asking how their day is going, asking can make them feel like you care.

Have Dirty Tenants?

bad-tenantsHaving a dirty tenant is a Landlords worst nightmare and can make your rental property to go down in value!

Dirty tenants can also make it hard for you to re-rent your property.. Make sure that your lease/tenant agreement states that ‘all occupants in the rental unit must have the property clean, and must have it cleaned once moved out, or they will be subject to pay a cleaning service at the end of tenancy’

If your lease/tenant agreement has something like the above.. as a Landlord you can make them clean up the property, if they fail to, you have the right to kick them out once their tenancy lease is up and your able to take the cost for the cleaning service out of their damage deposit (make sure you collect this when renting your unit).

If you failed to get something in writing about a ‘tidy property’, Don’t fail to do it the next time!

What does Dirty consist of:

  • Garbage in bags throughout the house
  • Left-over food left on counters for days
  • Bugs/rodents inside/outside the house
  • Junk piled up which is blocking the entrance way
  • Scum in and around the bathroom
  • Floors/carpets not cleaned/vacuumed
  • Worst of all: Hording!

Make sure you document and take pictures if your tenants leave the house a mess.. if a dispute goes to court you want to make sure that you have all your ducks in a row.

 

 

 

 

 

Is it legal to ban smoking in apartments and/or home?

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Is it legal to ban smoking in apartments and/or homes?

Yes. Landlords are legally allowed to advertise their apartment units, homes, apartment/condo buildings as Smoke-Free status to the public.

Some Landlords do allow smoking outside; though it is very rare to find a building now a days that allows tenants to smoke inside a rental unit. The bylaw does say however, if you own your unit in a building you can however smoke inside and/or outside, this does restrict you from smoking anywhere else in the building ie, hall ways, lobbies, front door.

The by-law for smoking in or by buildings is a  5 meter distance. Smoking statistics have decreased in number over the years. (way to go!)

If you do smoke, make sure you go over your tenancy agreement with your landlord and ask them the smoking policy..

 

 

Dealing with Bed Bugs!

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Recognizing bed bugs at a early stage is key to extermination!

Signs to look for:

  • Red small bumps or bites, look on your legs anddownload/or arms
  • Black or Red marks on the mattress
  • Tears in your mattress, box-spring or pillow(s)

Bed Bugs can travel up to 100 ft.. If you believe you have bed bugs, try and check on your mattress between 4 am and 6 am. They like to come out early in the morning for a feast! Depending on how bad your infestation is you might even see them in the crevasse in your mattress..

If you are certain that you have an Bug infestation you must act immediately! Call your Landlord ASAP! Your Landlord is responsible to be on top of it. In most cases, this does not allow you to end your Tenancy lease.. just make sure that your Landlord contacts an exterminator that day. If you believe your Landlord is not doing their best or little to nothing to help the problem, call you’re local Residential Tenancy Branch. download

Don’t freak out! Bed Bugs are a common concern when planning to rent.

Unpaid Rent

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As a Tenant, you have a lot of responsibilities when you start renting, one making sure you pay your rent in full and on time at the beginning of each month.

Once rent is due, but unpaid for a Landlord has the right to End tendency. Landlords can give you written notice the day Rent is due that night if you have yet to pay it, however, the notice can be canceled within 5 days if the rent is paid in full.

If the five-day deadline has passed and the Tenant has yet to paid the rent or disputed the notice, the Landlord can apply for ‘Order of Possession and a Monetary Order using the direct request process.

To find-out more information regarding unpaid rent or how to dispute a notice, visit your cities RTB (Residential Tendency Branch)

Dealing with Mold in a Rental Unit

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Mold is a very serious causing concerns among renters. It can lead to significant health concerns such as rashes, nausea, cognitive losses, chronic fatigue, haemorrhaging and asthma. If you suspect Mold in your rental unit, contact your Landlord immediately!

Landlords have to make sure that their rental units follow the health, safety and housing standards required by law. Get your Landlord to come in an assess the rental, make sure there is no leaking through the walls. Landlords are to fix these problems, so if you suspect something wrong, try to stop the problem before it becomes a BIGGER issue!

As a Tenant, you want to put a stop to the Mold problem ASAP! This means to make sure your cleanliness is up to standards.. Make sure your Don’t leave wet/damp towels on the ground, When taking a shower make sure the fan is on, and if you notice the Mold is around the windows, make sure to open them up a crack for better air-flow around your house.

When dealing with Mold that you believe is not your fault, make sure to take lots of pictures and document your conversations with your Landlord. If you need help with further assistance call your local RBT (Residential Tenancy Branch).

Rent Increases/2016

rising-rentDid you know Landlords can only increase the rent once a year by an amount permitted by law?

The maximum allowable rent increase changes each year!

For residential tenancies, the standard allowable rent increase for 2016 is 2.9%

For manufactured home park tenancies, the standard allowable rent increase for 2016 is 2.9% plus a proportional amount for the change in local government levies and regulated utility fees.

But keep in mind the rent increase cannot be more than the amount calculated using the allowable increase percentage. This means a landlord can’t round up when calculating the allowable increase.

If your Landlord wants to increase your rent, they need to use the right form and give the tenant three full months’ notice.

Starting a Tenancy

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Before renting a property, Tenants and landlords should be familiar with the rules and regulations that govern how residential properties or units are rented in B.C.

  • Tenancy Agreement: Make sure to check/read the Tenancy Agreement before signing it.. Sometimes you can rewrite an agreement together.
  • Deposits: Get information about the different types of deposits and fees required by landlords; Damage deposit? Pet Deposit?
  • Pets: Are you allowed pets? In the future can we talk about it? Make sure to discuss this before moving-in.
  • Moving In: Review these landlord and tenant responsibilities (listed BELOW) to help ensure moving day goes smoothly

Tenants should consider: Never pay a landlord your deposit until you’ve viewed the rental unit. After considering to rent, make sure that all deposits (rent/pet) are paid in full.

Make sure before moving in you do an inspection report with your landlord, if necessary, take photos! You want to have documentation to support a claim (if need be).

Make sure to ask the following to your new Landlord:

  • Does your agreement allow you to add a roommate?
  • Can you consider a pet in the future?
  • What are the rules of the property?

Landlords should consider: Landlords need to make sure that their rental unit meets the standard need for a tenant, Health, Safety and housing standards. Make sure to ask your new tenant for the following:

  • Proof of ID
  • References names and contact info
  • Names of all occupants

Protection from Discrimination

Keep in mind a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a tenant based on their race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender, sexual orientation, age or lawful source of income.

Emergencies and Repairs

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By law, as the landlord you should handle and pay for emergency repairs. Emergency repair is required when something in the rental unit has broken and the health or safety of the tenant is in danger or the building or property is at risk until repairs can be made.

At the beginning of the tenancy it is a good idea to inform the tenant that it is their responsibility to purchase rentals insurance. This insurance is not only for the tenant but the landlord as well. In case of a fire or stolen, the tenant will be able to replace their belongings.

In some situations, if you are not available and repairs must be performed immediately to reduce personal risk or property damage, the tenant can authorize the repair work. It is always best to keep your tenant up to date when you will be away and in case of an emergency give them a contact number.