Residential

12 Must-Haves for a Residential Tenancy Agreement

Landlords need to prepare a written agreement for every residential tenancy. However, a verbal agreement is still valid and enforceable. It’s also important to note that the standard terms found in the B.C. Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) still applies regardless of whether a written agreement is present. Additional Considerations Paying a security deposit confirms tenancy Tenants and landlords must both…

COVID-19: Getting Out of your Real Estate Contract

It’s no secret that the greater Vancouver housing market is an active one. However, given the number of transactions that were underway during the COVID-19 outbreak, it makes sense for contract-bearers to worry. A series of legal issues have risen, and continue to rise, regarding negotiating new transactions, transactions in progress, and lastly, transactions with binding contracts yet to close.…

How to Handle Residential Construction Disputes

It’s no secret that residential construction disputes are stressful. From the owner’s perspective, a residential construction dispute is when further work or repairs need to be completed and paid for by the party responsible for using faulty materials or encountered issues with the design, construction, or renovation process. Where things get more complicated, however, is when there are multiple responsible…

Knowing Your Rights as a Tenant

Being a tenant is often stressful when it comes to the nitty gritty rules and regulations. In many cases, your rights as a tenant may not be properly addressed or is disregarded completely. It is important that you are aware of any changes that may arise that could affect your tenancy agreement. These include rent increases, repairs and maintenance, and…