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Friday, July 1st, 2011
2:17 pm
The Hunt For Home
Xposting to Vancouver & CommercialDrive communities

1. A good friend and I are hunting for an apartment together close to either Main or Commercial Drive. If you know of or are moving out of a 2 bedroom suite in those areas, please let us know! We'd like to pay around 1200, utils included and are looking to move in July/early August.

2. Can anyone vouch for using the Rental Guide to find a place? If it is legit/worth it, we'd consider hiring them.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
8:24 pm
lease cycle?
My husband and I are coming back to Vancouver (yay!) after being in Melbourne for a year. Last time we moved to Vancouver we had help finding an apartment, so I haven't had to find this out before: do apartments become available year round, or are there some times of year that are more difficult than others? We used to live in Halifax, where apartments pretty much only become available at the beginning and end of the school year.
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
2:48 am
Just cause or wev?
I just got back into my apartment after a false alarm with the fire alarm system. My roommate talked to the firemen and was told that the sprinkler is causing this somehow. This is the second time in as many weeks. I really don't want to move again but I also can't live like this. This certainly does not qualify as "quiet enjoyment" of my unit when I'm being woken up at ungodly hours, having to stuff my cats into their carriers and wait outside in the dark. I only moved here in June and everything was fine but a month or so later our building manager was let go for some reason and it seems we don't have a new one yet. I'm going to complain to the property owners but I'm wondering if I do end up having to move, will I have trouble getting out of my lease considering this seems to be a maintenance issue? Is there any way I can get money out of the property managers (at least get my deposits back) to help finance this move? I don't want to move, I honestly don't have the time but, like I said, can't live this way.
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
6:31 pm
Key Deposits
My question:

Can a landlord collect a deposit for the building keys? The place I am considering renting from is asking for almost $300 as a deposit for the key fobs on top of the normal security deposit. I understand that they are quite expensive pieces of technology and costly to replace, but they are also required to access the building.

Thanks for the help!
Saturday, June 5th, 2010
9:52 pm
Any bylaws regarding laundry lines?
I've just moved to an apartment building in North Vancouver and want to put a laundry line on my balcony. I tried google but didn't find any information on whether or not there are any restrictions about putting up a laundry line. Anything I should know? Do I need permission from the building manager? Or can I just go ahead?
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
11:02 am
3 bedroom, 2 bath suite available
my roommates and i are vacating our current place on dunbar and 26th. it's recently renovated, has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, in suite laundry and a full kitchen. it's near a park, groceries, restaurants, the 7 and 25 bus routes, and other amenities.

rent is $1800, or $600 a month each between 3 people + 1/3 of the utilities (shared with the landlords, who live upstairs. it's usually no more than $40/month each for all utilities: heat, hot water, electricity, cable, and wireless). it's seriously an amazing place and the landlords are awesome. it's a no smoking suite that doesn't allow pets. if you're interested for june 1st, let me know and we can set up a time for you to come and see it in person.

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
6:36 pm
Notice to Vacate
I got a notice from my landlady to vacate my suite by the end of May. This comes at a really inconvenient time for my sister and me. She is graduating from a 2-year program in April and she has a grad show in May; all of this meaning that she's unemployed at the moment and there's a good possibility she'll get a job in May and we may have to move out of country for it and it would be expensive and inconvenient for us to move twice.

Would it be rude for us to ask our landlady for an extension of a month or two in case my sister does get work and we have to move out of the city? I'm new to these kind of shenanigans so if anyone can be sweet enough to help me word a polite letter, that'd be amazing.

Also, just before the notice to vacate we had an issue with the water heater leaking (which is in our suite) which I felt compelled to deal with myself as quickly as possible (because there was a HUGE YELLOW STICKER warning about leaks and I realized it had been going on for WEEKS without ANYONE noticing). I passed the bill (which I had paid) along to the landlady and had been told they'd write me a cheque ... then came the notice to vacate a few days later (not for this reason, but because she wants to move her 18-year-old son into the basement suite) and no cheque yet. Should I wait a bit longer or should I ask them (nicely, obviously) to hurry that up?
Monday, October 26th, 2009
10:53 am
Another question!

If I give my roommate two weeks notice before I move, and he does find another roommate, is it fair I get my damage deposit back? Or is he entitled to keep it?

Personally, I think I should get it back. But my opinion is bias.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
9:44 pm
renters asking for my social security number, good idea to put it down? Is there a reason not too?
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm
1st Post
Welcome to Vancouver Rental, this group is for asking questions dealing with residential rental issues, both for landlords and tenants as well as for posting looking for places/roommates/tenants.

I will try to respond within 12 hours, unless it is a Jewish Holiday or Shabbat, in which case I won't be online until the Holiday or Shabbat is over.

If anyone has experience in the issue being discussed please I urge you to respond as well, personal experiences in similar situations is always good.

If anyone has experience in the area of the RTA and would be willing to co-mod with me, please let me know.

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