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The decision to become a landlord is one that should be taken very seriously. There is no such a thing as an “amateur” landlord. If you rent out one unit or one hundred units, you are running a business as a professional landlord, and you need the knowledge and skill to do so.

Many landlords also include additional terms for things like pets, smoking or late-payment fees. These are generally binding if the tenant agrees to them and they do not contradict the Residential Tenancy Act 

TRAC’s purpose is to promote the legal protection of residential tenants across British Columbia by providing information, education, support and research on residential tenancy matters.

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RentSmart Landlord is for property managers, tenant managers, housing support workers and landlords wanting to be part of solving housing issues in your community. This course builds knowledge, skills and capacity in housing tenants who may be experiencing life transitions: best practices in being a landlord, systems for successful tenancies, and how to access the network of community supports to address issues if they arise. Landlords receive the ‘Creating Successful Tenancies’ manual that includes an overview of legal rights and responsibilities, templates to help increase communication and understanding of expectations and responsibilities, tips for preventing damages and evictions, and the community resources available that make being a landlord easier.

Both tenants and landlords have specific rights and responsibilities in a tenancy. Make sure you’re renting the right way – access information and resources that will help you have a successful tenancy.  

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Secondary suites, are separate, self-contained suites in a residential home, and are covered by the same residential tenancy laws as apartments in large buildings. Landlords who rent out suites in their homes do not have any more say in the lives of their tenants just because they live in the same building and sometimes share the same facilities, such as laundry or a yard. It is important that all landlords consider this before renting out a suite in their home.

Renting a room in your home: The Residential Tenancies Act does not apply when a tenant rents a room in the landlord’s home and shares the kitchen and living room with the landlord. If the tenant does not pay rent one month, the landlord is under no obligation to give the tenant a 14-day notice to end the tenancy. The landlord could ask the tenant to leave immediately for failing to pay rent.

For more resources when living with a landlord: Tenant Resources and Advisory Centre website

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