One of the hot topics in real estate right now is -- if I sell my home where am I going to go? What if I can’t find a new home? And what happens if I need to sell before I can buy a new home?

Our team has some great tips for helping solve these big dilemmas:
• We can write an offer on a new home contingent upon you selling your home but in this hot market this is our least competitive option.
• Sell your home to the buyers then rent back your home for a couple of months from the new buyers until you find your next home.
• Sell your home with a reverse contingency -- your sale would be contingent upon you finding your next home within a reasonable time period.
• Sell your home then move to a short-term rental like an Airbnb, VRBO, or extended stay hotel until you find your next home.
• Sell your home and move in with family or friends short-term.
• Take out a bridge loan on your current home to have a downpayment for your new home


We want to assure you that you have options and selling for top dollar, with terms that are in your favor, and buying while interest rates are at an all-time low are great ways to take advantage of this amazing real estate market we are currently in.

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March 10, 2021 – REBGV Government Relations


The BC government recently introduced Bill 7 - Tenancy Statutes Amendment Act to extend the current residential rent freeze to December 31, 2021, create regulations to prevent renovictions, and improve dispute resolution.  These changes, if passed, will come into effect on July 1, 2021.


Rent freeze

The current rent freeze was initially set to run to July 10, 2021 and the maximum rent increase had previously been set at 1.4 per cent for 2021.


The new rent freeze means all renters who have received a rent increase notice that would have taken effect after March 30, 2020, and before Jan. 1, 2022, can disregard those notices.  Starting in 2022, rent increases will be capped at the rate of inflation.


Renovictions

Landlords will be required to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) before terminating a tenancy agreement if they’re renovating.

Landlords won’t be able to end tenancies for renovations that aren’t substantial or don’t require the rental unit to be vacant.


Dispute Resolution

Proposed changes will improve the residential tenancy dispute resolution process by expanding grounds for the RTB to review arbitrator decisions, including formally reviewing a decision where it’s clear an error has been made. The goal is to divert cases from the judicial review process to the RTB’s internal review process, reducing costs to tenants and landlords, the courts, and government. All of these changes fulfil recommendations of the government’s Rental Housing Task Force. (Opens 72-page pdf)


The industry perspective

David Hutniak, the CEO of LandlordBC, says his members of organization aren’t happy the rent freeze has been extended throughout 2021.  “Many landlords haven’t been able to, and now won’t be able to compensate for inflationary increases to for their businesses for two years. Property taxes are up, insurance costs are up,” Hutniak said, noting landlords and tenants have been helped by the government’s structured rent repayment plan.  As for the renoviction regulations, Hutniak explains that landlords can still make investments. “If the scope of the renovations requires ending tenancies and vacating the building, we can still do this. We just have to go through a RTB arbitrator. Overall, this will increase transparency and end conflict.”

Learn more.

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