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A Colorado landlord is caught in a highly-publicized legal squabble with a long-term tenant after its eviction order was overturned. The case highlights some common errors that landlords make in the eviction process: Eviction Mistake #1: Not Following Local Law The landlord in this case filed for eviction because the tenant refused to pay a ….  Continue Reading

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British Columbia The allowable rent increase for British Columbia will rise in 2017 to 3.7%. This figure represents the maximum amount that rent can be increased for many residential rental properties. The figure changes each year. The allowable rent increase for 2016 was 2.9%. According to the British Columbia Residential Tenancies Office, rent increases generally ….  Continue Reading

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If there’s an apt catchphrase for landlords, it’s don’t take anything for granted, especially when it comes to tenants understanding their responsibilities. There is so much advice out there about dealing with bad tenants, yet the vast majority of renters are good people who are willing to please — they just don’t know how. Educating ….  Continue Reading

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Tenants in a housing complex in Meeker, Colorado have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking compensation for their suffering after their landlord told them they’d have to get rid of their companion animals. The three tenants claim their landlord ordered them to remove the animals from the property. The resulting injuries that the tenants ….  Continue Reading

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City officials in Vancouver are proposing a new legal framework that will limit the number of property owners who can offer short-term rentals, including vacation sublets through Airbnb. The move comes after studying the impact that these popular rentals have on both affordability and availability of housing within the City. Vancouver’s residential vacancy rate is nearing zero. ….  Continue Reading

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Wouldn’t it be nice if, once you found the right tenant, your work was done? Routine property inspections may be a landlord’s least favorite task. But ignoring the condition of the property — and what the tenants may be up to — is simply too risky. Everyone from police to professional property managers and landlords ….  Continue Reading

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Hopefully, you will never have to use dispute resolution to solve a tenancy problem. But if you do, there are a couple of issues you should consider: Landlords Must Demonstrate Credibility In a typical dispute, the landlord and tenant contradict one another. What may seem obvious to you — e.g. the tenant didn’t pay rent ….  Continue Reading

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A lawmaker in British Columbia is promising legislation that will close what he says is a loophole that allows landlords to circumvent rent increase limits. The Residential Tenancy Act provides for a maximum rent increase guideline. That figure is set annually. For instance, the maximum allowable rent increase for 2017 is set at 3.7 per cent. However, ….  Continue Reading

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A judge in New York recently told a tenant that enough is enough, and barred the man from filing any future lawsuits against his landlords. According to a report, the tenant has filed 23 lawsuits against his past and present landlords — and lost every time. The judge accused the tenant of filing nearly two dozen ….  Continue Reading

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Beginning January 1, 2017 owners of vacant residential property in Vancouver will need to rent them out, or pay up. Lawmakers followed through on a promise to force vacant rental properties into service, or use a tax to fund other affordable housing options. With a vacancy rate of less than 1 per cent, Mayor Gregor ….  Continue Reading