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How Much Can Surrey Landlords Raise the Rent in 2017

January 1st, 2017 · Latest News, Rent Increase 2017, Surrey landlords, Tenant Screening


Surrey Landlords The 2017 Rent Increase Guideline is 3.7% Should You Raise the Rent on Your Tenants?

With the foreign tax on properties in Vancouver, lots of investors are looking in other areas of British Columbia to invest their money. This includes places like Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna and Surrey.

Investors view these locations as a way to save money by avoiding a tax many feel is unnecessary and anti-business (and poorly implemented).

We’ve had many new BC landlords who have invested in Surrey reading our blog and participating in the BC Landlord forum. Some of the most common questions recently are about the rent increase guideline for 2017. 

The 2017 BC Rent Increase Guideline is 3.7%

Let’s begin by writing about the BC rent increase guideline for 2017.

If you are planning on raising the rent remember you can only do so once a year by the legal permitted amount.

You also need to provide proper notice and use the proper forms and most give tenants a copy of the completed forms.  It’s important for owners of residential units to complete both pages of the form.  Make sure you also fill in the proper boxes on the 2nd page. 

Also, make sure you only put the real number calculated and don’t round up any numbers. You can download the Notice of Rent Increase for BC Residential Units with a simple click.

Isn’t 3.7% Too Low?

Many British Columbia residential landlords thinks so. They feel 3.7% is too low due to ever escalating costs associated with owning a rental property in BC.

But in 2016 the BC rent increase was only 2.9%. So while this years increase isn’t great, at least it’s more than what we could raise last year when costs were also increasing like crazy.

Are you going to raise the rent in 2017?

Now that we know what the rent increase is we can move on to the other big question.  Several new landlords and rental property investors asked if it was a good idea to raise the rent on their tenants or not? One landlord wrote:

I have some pretty good tenants right now. Sure they aren’t perfect or anything like that. They floors are a bit scratched and I had to go clean some mold they caused by not turning on the bathroom fan. The thing is they pay the rent on time and I worry if I raise the rent they might move.

It’s a good BC Landlord question.

We asked several experienced and successful Surrey landlords and the answer was a resounding “yes.” With costs rising, and the risk of damages to your rental property long term British Columbia landlords know it’s important to keep your rents high enough to cover your expenses.

In this case when these tenants do move out the landlord is likely going to have to spend a lot of money to fix the floors and clean the showers and bathtubs in the unit (much of the mold will not be visible at first glance). The amount of work will also likely lead you to be forced to have a vacant unit for at least a month.

Challenges For Surrey Landlords in 2017 (And these challenges can cost you a lot of money)

While the above landlords situation isn’t that grave, there are lots of challenges for landlords that are more threatening. For example there is a new by-law in Port Coquitlam that actually wants to hold landlords legally responsible for any illegal operations in the rental property.

While at first glance this might seem like common sense the problem is landlords cannot “control” their tenants actions. We also can’t monitor them because there are privacy rules in our province.  Thirdly, landlords can press a magic button and automatically evict a tenants overnight. There is a process in place and it can take a long time to evict a tenant for something as non-payment of rent.

These types of by-laws tenant to spread quickly. If you do have a tenant who is doing something illegal in your rental you better have enough money to prepare for a long and expensive legal battle. 

Bad Tenants Who Know How To Manipulate the System

While there are lots of good tenants out there who are looking for a great landlord and a great rental property, there are also what are known as “professional tenants”. One of these professional tenants is creating a nightmare situation for a Kelowna landlord.

Global news has been reporting of this landlord who rents her basement out to help cover her mortgage. This professional tenant won’t pay rent and won’t leave. The tenant also has access to the heater, furnace and the house electrical panel and has cut off the utilities to cause trouble.

It’s going to cost this landlord a lot of money to evict this tenant and also there will likely be a lot of damages. It will include requiring repairs and money needed to spend on garbage clean-up. This is why we say it’s ESSENTIAL BC landlords run a BC landlord credit check on all tenants.

Surrey Landlords Are You Going To Raise the Rent in 2017?

As we wrote many experienced and successful long-term landlords will increase the rent every year. They need to or they can’t keep up with rising costs. It’s also important to put away rent money to prepare for any challenges that come your way.

Make sure you make the right moves and join a growing network of successful Surrey landlords!

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How Much Can BC Landlords Raise the Rent in 2016?

July 28th, 2016 · BC landlords, Landlord BC, Latest News, TVS

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Surryey Landlords And Other BC Landlords Can Raise the Rent Up To 2.9% in 2016

Surrey landlords know our costs keep going up every year. 

It’s not just the costs of electricity or taxes. It’s the costs of paying paying high quality and professional contractors to maintain our excellent rental properties. And if we rent to BC Bad Tenants the costs will explode and can cost thousands of dollars.

After all we want to keep our rental properties in excellent shape and that means upgrading and constantly fixing things And the list of things to upgrade and maintain never seems to end.

Whether it’s a new roof to keep our tenants warm and dry during a rainy, a new door to make sure they are safe and secure, or a new high efficiency toilet to help keep water costs down, we are good landlords who want to make sure we take care of our hard working tenants and make sure your rental properties are in great shape!

Surrey Landlords and British Columbia Landlords Can Raise the Rent 2.9% in 2016

According to the the government website the BC Residential Tenant Branch and the How Much Can BC Landlords Legally Raise The Rent in 2016?, Surrey landlords and BC landlords can raise the rent by 2.9% in 2016.

How Does This Compare to Other Provinces in Canada?

As usual How Much Can Ontario Landlords Raise The Rent in 2016? have a very low rent increase. In fact, the rent increase for Ontario landlords in capped at a maximum of 2.5%…pretty crazy, right? This year Ontario landlords can raise the rent by a maximum of only 2.0%.

Alberta landlords don’t face any type of rent increase guideline.

Even with their current NDP government they are allowed to raise the rent as much as the market sees fit, although they must follow the rules on how to do so.

Surrey Landlords Are You Going To Raise The Rent in 2016?

With rising costs and the appreciation of properties (making it even more expensive to buy a rental property) you need to make sure you costs are being covered (at least partially). This is why successful and experience BC landlords are raising the rent in 2016.

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How Much Can BC Landlords Raise The Rent in 2015?

August 1st, 2015 · Latest News, Rent Increase 2015

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BC Landlords Can Raise the Rent Up To 2.5% in 2015

Surry landlords know the importance of renting to good tenants and collecting rent on time.

We also know our business costs are rising every year and we need to keep the rent up to at least try to cover these increasing costs.

This is why we are interested in what the government rent guideline is because the province of British Columbia has what is called ‘rent control’.

What is Rent Control?

This means the government has their hands in our industry and can tell us what we can and cannot do, including how much we can raise rents for current tenants in our properties. Alberta landlords do not have rent control.

How Much Can BC Landlords Raise the Rent in 2015?

According to the BC Landlords Association, British Columbia landlords can raise the rent only 2.5% in 2015.

How Do They Come Up With the Rent Increase Amount?

The percentage is based on inflation plus two per cent.  While the yearly rental increase cap is meant to be the maximum amount rents can go up,  most landlords usually opt to raise rents by the full rate.

A 2.5 per cent increase means rent on a $1,000-per month one bedroom apartment will go up by 25 dollars a month, or $300 a year.

How Much Was the 2014 BC Rent Increase?

In 2014 BC landlords could raise the rent by only 2.4%

How Much Can Landlords in Other Provinces Raise the Rent in 2015?

Ontario landlords can only raise the rent 1.6% in 2015.

My Costs As A Landlord Are Higher Than 2.5%!

This sentiment is shared by many landlords, especially small landlords who are on tight budgets, have mortgages to pay, and spend money to maintain their properties.

Unfortunately, instead of focussing on high taxes, gas and electricity costs, rates for contractors, plumbers and electricians, it’s easy for the government to blame landlords for rising costs.

What If My Tenants Disagree With the Rent Increase?

We recommend you talk to your tenants and explain the real situation small landlords face.

Explain your increasing costs and that you are running a business. Most good tenants will understand and appreciate your explanation. This is why it’s so important to rent to good reasonable tenants and why tenant screening, including running a BC landlord credit check on your tenants is essential!

BC Landlords Can Raise the Rent 2.5% in 2015

Make Sure You Rent To Good Tenants Who Will Understand Why You Need To Raise The Rent For Your Rental Business!

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Landlords in BC: Reviews on BC Landlords Association Membership

September 1st, 2014 · Landlord BC, Latest News, Review on BC Landlords association membership

 Landlords in BC Reviews on BC Landlords Association Membership

Landlords in BC – Reviews on BC Landlords Association Membership – Make sure you use proper documents and screen your tenants carefully, including running tenant credit checks

BC landlords are waking up to the importance of using proper leases, applications and other documents and running tenant credit checks before handing over the keys to their rental properties.

This is what Surrey landlords already knew. Because despite the fact most renters are good and honest people who pay their rent on time and follow the law there are also tenants out there who don’t.

Don’t Rely on Your Gut Instinct, Rely on Facts With A Credit Check

The recent news of a landlady who owns a Prince George rental property should be an eye-opener for all small landlords, especially new landlords.

There are a lot of new landlords out there who want to take advantage of the fact property prices are rising.

They are looking for tenants to ‘baby-sit’ their property while prices grow. After a few years the tenants can move out and the landlord/investor can sell for a nice profit.

That only works if you rent to good tenants who don’t want to profit from you!

Missed Rent Payments, Grow-op, and Bad News

According to The Province a Prince George landlady rented to a tenant based on the fact she he was clean, seemed very nice, and had a job.

She even invited him for some holiday dinners to show how much she appreciated him.

The tenant didn’t appreciate her back.

Soon after renting to him the tenant stop paying rent. She also believes he has a marijuana grow op on her rental property.

Emergency Hearing Before the Residential Tenancy Branch

Landlady Angela Cunningham thought following the process and having an emergency Hearing at the B.C. Residential Tenancy Branch would get the tenant evicted and she could move on.

Except she lost at the Hearing and doesn’t know why. She says she did what she was told to do and is shocked this tenant can manipulate the BC landlord and tenant system like he has done.

BC Landlords – Avoid Renting to Bad Tenants

Landlady Angela Cunningham is a good landlord stuck in a bad situation.

The problem is she trusted her ‘gut feeling’ to choose a tenant. You can’t do this anymore or it will lead to lots of landlord headaches.

Tenant Credit Checks

It’s important BC landlords screen tenants carefully and don’t simply trust what the tenants say to you.

You need to verify everything and running a tenant credit check will help you do so.

Tenant Credit Checks Are Expensive and Complicated

No, not any more. Be careful because some groups out there want to take you to the cleaners with hidden fees!

You can join the BC Landlords Association for a one-time set up fee of only $99.

Then you can get access to the BC Landlord Rental Kit, the private members forum, and premium credit checks to make sure you rent to great tenants.

Smart BC Landlords will join the BC Landlords Association for a one-time fee to get excellent services and save money.

Renting Your Basement or a Room?

Are you renting your basement or a room in your house? Joining the BC Landlords Association will allow you to run credit checks on tenants who want to rent your basement or a room in your house.

Joining the BC Landlords Association is a deal that can’t be beat to help small landlords succeed!

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BC Landlords – How Can You Avoid Bad Tenants?

July 20th, 2014 · BC Landlord Association, Landlord BC, Tenant Credit Checks

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BC Landlords Are Learning How To Avoid Bad Tenants As the “Serial Bad Tenants” Pay Back Rent To An Ex-Landlord Avoid Jail Time!

There was a terrific story in the Toronto Star recently warning landlords about bad tenants and recommending joining a group like the Ontario Landlords Association to run credit checks on tenants.

It’s advice that also applies for British Columbia landlords.

Serial Bad BC Tenants In The News Again

Does anyone remember those serial bad tenants who kept ripping off small landlords?

These were the couple who were masters of telling a good story to get a landlord to rent to them. Then once they moved in, the cheques bounced and they refused to pay rent.

There is new information after a report from CBC news saying they managed to avoid jail time by paying what they owed to one of their former landlords.

We wrote about them in June as we thought it was important BC landlords were made aware of this situation.

We called the blog ‘A couple of BC Tenants Have Scammed 8 Small Landlords in the Past Two Years.’

And that wasn’t even the first time we wrote about them and we weren’t the only ones.

The BC Landlord website warned landlords to be on the look-out for this couple who were looking for their next landlord victim.

In each case these the landlords who were ripped off didn’t run a credit check on the tenants.

Latest News About Serial Bad Tenants

One of the landlords who was ripped off was is Suman Parasad.

The serial bad tenants owe her almost $8,000 in lost rent and she isn’t going to take it lying down.

She took her ex-renters to small claims court. She won a judgement for the lost rent.

Did They Pay The Rent They Owed Her?

Kind of.

They began to pay the large judgement slowly and it didn’t satisfy this landlord!

A judge gave an order to the ex-trents to pay the owed rent fast or they could go to prison.

That’s right: pay the rent or go to jail!

Parasad has generously offered to help other landlords go through the process. She says there were things she should have done to make the process proceed faster.

Avoid Hassles By Running Credit Checks on Tenants

We congratulate Parasad for winning the judgment. However, the small claims court process is slow and clever tenants will defend themselves vigourously in court. You are never guaranteed to get a judgement for the money owed to you.

The smart solution for BC landlords is to avoid renting to bad tenants in the first place.

Make sure you screen your tenants carefully BEFORE renting to them.

A tenant credit check would provide the “red flags” needed for smart landlords to avoid renting to these serial bad tenants. Even Alberta landlords are learning to always run a tenant credit check to verify what potentials say and promise.

How Can I Run Tenant Credit Checks?

It’s no longer complicated or expensive that to the BC Landlords Association.

BC Landlords – Join the BC Landlords Association

For Only a One-Time Set Up Fee (No Annual Fee!) Get Access to Premium Credit Checks, Rental Kits, Members Forum, Networking, Manuals and More!

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BC Landlords: How Can Landlords Avoid Bad Tenants?

June 1st, 2014 · B.C. landlords, BC landlords, British Columbia landlords, credit checks

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A couple of BC Tenants Have Scammed 8 Small Landlords in the Past Two Years

We wrote a couple of months ago about a couple of serial bad tenants who have ripped off 8 landlords in the past two years.

You can read our blog here: Landlords B.C. – Serial Bad Tenants Cost Landlords Thousands of Dollars

We all thought the story would end there.

After all, with all this media attention surely landlords would be warned about these bad BC tenants and BC landlords would wake up and not rent to them.

The Story Continues…

What’s the Latest News on These BC Tenants From Hell?

A recent CBC News report shows the story of these bad tenants continues.

According to the CBC the couple owes their last 8 landlords nearly $40,000 in damages and lost rent!

According to the British Columbia landlords association these landlords have gone to the RCMP and now these tenants have to pay or might even face jail time.

There is now even a published time-line of the debts these serial bad tenants owe:

Bad Tenant Time-line (How many times they have been evicted and how many landlords they owe money to!)

1. July to September, 2012 – $7500 for owed rent after eviction

2. September, 2012 – $3750 for rent owed to the landlord after being evicted

3. October 2012 to March 2013 – $7900 for rent they need to pay the landlord

4. March 2013- May 2013 – Tenants evicted and must pay $5000

5. June 2013 – October 2013 -Tenants again owe the former landlord $7500

6. November 2014 – January 2014 – Tenants must pay landlord $3000

7. January 2014 – March 2014 -Tenants owe landlord $5000 in rent

It’s really a nightmare for these 8 landlords and these tenants haven’t been stopped!

How Can Landlords Avoid These Bad Tenants?

It’s vitally important for BC landlords to conduct tenant credit checks on people who want to rent their property.

BC landlords used to think only Ontario Landlords faced bad tenants.

Or maybe some Alberta landlords who weren’t careful would rent to bad tenants because they were over-confident because the laws in Alberta are more fair.

B.C. Landlords Need To Be Careful

You can check out BC Landlord Credit Check for details, but British Columbia residential landlords need to be careful of bad tenants.

Bad Tenants Target Small Landlords

Corporate landlords always do a tenant credit check.

This weeds out most of the bad tenants out there.

But many small B.C. Landlords don’t do credit checks. You can read about this at the BC Landlord Credit Check site.

Instead, too many landlords rely on an “interview” with the tenants and make a “couple of reference checks.”

BC Landlords Make Sure You Rent To Good Tenants

The BC Landlords Association charges only a one-time registration fee for small landlords to join up.

As part of membership you get access to premium credit checks for only $10/check from Equifax and GARDA.

BC Landlords – Make sure you find great tenants and avoid serial bad tenants with a tenant credit check.

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Landlords B.C. – Serial Bad Tenants Cost Landlords Thousands of Dollars

April 11th, 2014 · Evictions, Tenant Credit Checks

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Bad B.C. Tenants Facing Sixth Eviction In Only Two Years

Have you see the local news over the past few days?

A CBC investigation shows a couple of serial bad tenants have cheated landlords over and over

It has British Columbia landlords all over the province realizing the important of tenant screening.

According to the B.C. Landlords Association, this couple has managed to live rent free for over two years.

And now they are facing their sixth eviction in 24 months.

Screening Out Bad Tenants

There are a lot of excellent tenants looking to rent nice safe rental accommodation from good landlords like you.

These are the people you want to rent to. They pay their rent on time and leave the property like it was when they first moved in.

Then there are people who are the subject of the CBC investigation.

Unfortunately, these types of professional tenants are not just what Ontario landlords have to face these days.

They are something Alberta landlords also face in 2014.

They are also in British Columbia. And growing fast.

Why Should I Pay Rent?

Tenants who scam landlords often have a story ready.

In this case the tenants rented their latest house by claiming their last landlord stole their money and left British Columbia.

The landlord believed them and handed over the keys.

The tenant’s cheque bounced and the new landlady hasn’t seen a cent in real rent.

How Can I Avoid Bad Tenants Who Don’t Pay Rent?

This is exactly what the British Columbia Landlords Association warns landlords about.

To make sure you find good tenants it’s very important to screen your tenants carefully.

A good chat and a handshake are no longer enough to protect you and your rental property business.

Credit Checks On Tenants

A credit check will allow you to see where the tenants live, have lived, and shows you if they have any judgment against them.

We’ve written about this before:

A low credit score is a red flag that shows your potential tenants don’t have a history of paying their bills.

Make sure you join the BC Landlords Association, pay the one time fee, and start doing high quality, affordable tenant credit checks and protect yourself and your rental properties.

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Landlords in B.C.: Reviews on BC Landlords Association Membership

March 9th, 2014 · BC Landlords Association Review

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Here Is Our Recommendation On BC Landlords Association Membership

BC landlords know how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful province.

They also know there are excellent opportunities to be landlord in British Columbia.

There are lots of good paying tenants in the province and even more coming there and looking for nice, well-maintained, affordable housing.

Of course, there are also tenants out there who you shouldn’t rent to.

While these tenants are still the minority, they can become a landlords nightmare if you rent to them and hand over the keys.

Need to see an example of ‘bad tenants’?

Click on this link to CBCnews.

It’s a story about a landlord put up an ad for her income property.

A family replied to her ad and arranged a meeting with her.

During the meeting the family wanting to rent the home told the landlord there were the victims of a very horrible landlord and they needed a place soon as they had two daughters.

Based on this story the landlord rented to them to help them out.

Six months later, and six months of not paying a single cent of rent the landlord is out tens of thousands of dollars.

She trusted them and they turned out to be scam artists who had ripped off landlords before.

We used to think all the worst tenants were in Ontario or what Alberta landlords were dealing with regularly.

Unfortunately will all the newcomers moving to BC we now must be extremely careful!

Protect Yourself and Your Investment

Don’t let this happen to you.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

One way a landlord can protect yourself is by joining a landlord association.

B.C. Landlords Association Review

We recommend you join the BC Landlords Association and become a member. 

It’s a fast and affordable way to network with other landlords, share tips and experiences, and get important tools and services to find good tenants and avoid the professional tenants out there.

1. BC Landlords Rental Kit

Get all the documents you need.

They can be downloaded to your home computer 24/7. You get leases, applications, notices and everything you need for landlord success.

2. Landlords Forum

You get access to the largest and most popular landlord forum in Canada.

Network with landlords in British Columbia and across Canada to share tips and experiences.

3. Tenant Credit Checks

BC Landlords Association members get access to incredible tenant credit checks from Equifax and GARDA.

For $10 you can do a credit check from your own home or office computer and see the financial history of your potential tenant.

We before about the importance of tenant credit checks. After all, if they paid their bill to others they will likely pay the rent to you.

We wrote about this before to help Surrey landlords avoid scam artist tenants.

4. Guidebooks and Handbooks

You get handbooks and guides for every step of the renting process. 

The “Tenant Screening Manual” contains tips and tricks for you to find great tenants.

5. Membership fees are only “one-time” and start at only $99 for life-time membership!

That’s right, only a one time fee. No annual fees.

Review of the BC Landlords Association Membership

Take a look for  yourself, it’s a great deal!

For only a one time fee you get all the tools and services you need to be a successful British Columbia landlord!

Compare that to the old landlord associations with their annual fees and lack of real help for landlords.

Become a member of the BC Landlords Association.  It’s a smart move!

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Surrey Landlords: Rent Increase Guideline 2014

January 3rd, 2014 · Rent Increase Guideline 2014, Surrey landlords

 Surrey landlords Rent Increase Guideline 2014

Are you going to raise the rent this new or avoid raising it for your current tenants?

We hope everyone had a very happy holiday and you have our best wishes for a prosperous and successful new year.

There were lots of challenges in 2013 and we hope to provide news, advice, and networking to help Surrey landlords have a tremendous 2014.

British Columbia Rent Increase Guideline 2014

Lots of landlords are asking how much they can raise the rent in 2014.

The Residential Tenancy Branch of the provincial government shows we are allowed to raise the rent by 2.2% in 2014.

Here’s an example of how you calculate the rent increase

Tenant current rent:


2014 allowable increase (2.2%)


Tenant new rent


I think the rent increase is far too low!

You are not alone.

We wrote about this when the guideline was first announced.

It’s natural for most BC landlords to compare our rules and laws for the landlord and tenant industry to those across the border in Alberta.

And, yes, you can take a look and see Alberta landlords can raise the rent as high as they like (as long as they provide proper notice and only raise the rent one time every 365 days).

On the other hand it might make you feel better if you look at what Ontario landlords face.

The government there only bases the rate on inflation.

They don’t take into consideration the extra costs landlords face that might not be included in the normal inflation index (In British Columbia the government allows us to add 2% to the increase).

Many Ontario landlords are not happy as this Toronto Sun column illustrates.

It’s there second lowest rent increase since the 1970s (when inflation was much higher than it is now).

You can read for yourself what Ottawa landlords think.

Policies in British Columbia look good in comparison.

Will You Raise the Rent?

If you look in Kijiji and other sites advertising rentals you can see a lot of places are on the market for rent.

This may lead to some indecision for Surrey landlords to ask themselves: “Should I raise the rent?”

Vacant Rental Units

Landlords around the province have noticed the increased difficulties in renting to good tenants compared to only a couple of years ago.

A recent news report show Nainamo Daily News says landlords are finding it very competitive to find new tenants and many are making sure they keep the tenants they have.

Rent Control

We think in most cases it’s important to raise the rent each year.

British Columbia has rent control so if you miss one year it can be impossible to keep up with growing costs.

Explain Things To Your Renters

Here’s some helpful tips to explain to your tenants why you are raising the rent:

1. You only raise the rent once a year and the amount is reasonable

2. The extra rent allows you, the landlord, to maintain the property

3. The rent increase also allows you to pay off ever increasing costs as rising taxes

4. By raising the rent it allows you to stay being a landlord

5. If the tenants move to a new property the landlord can charge whatever they can get (no rent guideline)

Getting Ready for a Successful New Year

Landlords across BC face both challenges and opportunities in this new year.

Keep reading and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Surrey Landlords: Is It Time To Go Christmas Gift Shopping For your Tenants?

December 16th, 2013 · Property Management, Surrey landlords

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Surrey landlords know there are lots of good tenants out there. We also know there are lots of bad tenants out there too.

In our previous post we discussed how to find those good tenants with proper tenant screening techniques including tenant credit checks.

With good tenant screening you can find tenants who respect your property, respect you,  and pay the rent on time and follow your lease rules.

With good tenants you won’t have to worry about going to the Residential Tenancy Branch or any of the other pitfalls that bad tenants can lead to (even the British Columbia Supreme Court).

Since then we’ve received a lot of emails asking how to keep good tenants

Many landlords work hard and do proper tenant screening and rent to paying and respectful tenants on a one year lease.

However, sometimes these tenants decide to move after only a year.

Why? There are many reasons including:

1. Your good tenants seeing another rental property and decide to move there

2. Your good tenants decide to buy their own home

3. Your good tenants decide to move to another city

4. Your good tenants aren’t happy with you, their landlord

Reasons to move number 2, 3 and 4 are outside of your ability to do anything.

You might be able to deal with point number 1 by doing beautifying your rental.

There is definitely something you can do about point 4.

Become a Better Property Manager (Meaning ‘Learn how to manage your tenants’)

Good tenants like renting from good landlords.

So what is a ‘good landlord’?

The term has many meanings and we will discuss them in later blogs.

Christmas Gifts for Good Tenants

Some landlords gift Christmas gifts to their good tenants.


These landlords say their tenants appreciate the gesture and it’s a good way to create a friendly (yet still professional) relationship.

There is a big discussion on the BC Landlords Forum.

While some landlords disagree many others see it as a way to becoming a better landlord and your tenants will appreciate you and your gesture.

One Ontario landlord says her tenants are on fixed incomes and can’t afford too many presents under the tree.

Every Christmas she takes a trip to Costco and buys presents for them. She says her tenants really appreciate it and she feels good showing her tenants she appreciates them being good tenants.

On Kelowna landlord wrote his tenants even return the favour by giving him cards and small gifts to show how much they appreciate him being a good landlord and renting his properties to them.

Good Property Management Techniques for Surrey Landlords

Maybe you don’t want to buy gifts for your tenants. It’s just one suggestion to help.

Over the next few months we will discuss other ways for Surrey landlords to become better landlords and enjoy success owning investment properties in our city.

After all, finding good tenants is a lot of work.

Once you find them let’s make sure they stay a while (and keep paying rent on time!) It’s something all good landlords in British Columbia want and we will look into it carefully.

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