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Inspecting Your Property

Start & End of A Tenancy

In a residential tenancy, Landlords and Tenants must complete a Condition Inspection Report of the rental unit or rental property at the start and the end of the tenancy.  This report helps to determine if any damage has been done to the place as a result of a tenancy.

During the Tenancy

As the Landlord, you have the right to conduct a monthly inspection of your rental property.

To enter the property, you must give you written notice at least 24 hours and not more than 30 days in advance. The notice must give the reasons for entering and the time at which you will enter the rental unit. The reasons must be valid and the time in the rental unit must fall between 8am and 9pm, unless you and your Tenant agree to another time.

If you have a very good relationship with your Tenant, it may not be necessary to give a written notice to enter every time.  As long as your Tenant consents to your entry of his/her home, it's okay.

If there is an emergency such as a fire, damaged or blocked pipes or flooding, you are not required to give 24 hours notice. 

Read this Fact Sheet for the proper process before entering a rented home. 

Repairs & Maintenance

As the Residential Tenancy Act states, you and your Tenant are both responsible for repairing, maintaining, and servicing the rental unit.

You, as the Landlord must:

► Maintain the building and property to health, safety and housing standards.

► Keep the building and property in a condition that makes the building reasonably comfortable to live in.

► Oversee repairs for serious problems.

► Ensure emergency contact information is posted in a visible place in the building, or provide Tenants with that information in writing.

The Tenant, must:

► Repair any damage that he/she, their guests or pets cause, even if it is an accident.

► Keep the rental unit in a condition that meets health and cleanliness standards.

► Contact the Landlord as soon as possible if a serious repair is needed to a service or facility provided by the Landlord.

>> More information for Landlords

>> Forms for Landlords including Notice To Enter Premises

Word of Advice

Meticulously document every dealing you have with your Tenant and every time that you enter your rental property. Keep copies of everything.  This will help you immensely if your Tenant ever takes you to arbitration. 

 

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