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2022 Rent Increase Announced

Announced in September, the provincially mandated rent increase freeze will expire January 1, 2022.

The Residential Tenancy Branch announced the 2022 maximum rent increase as 1.5%. This amount is based on inflation.

To ensure the rent increase is valid landlords must follow the appropriate processes noted below regarding form, timing and notice periods.

Paying Rent to Increase Credit

Beginning in June 2021 we will be offering The Landlord Credit Bureau services to our landlord clients and residents. 

Until now a credit score check was only a necessary step in the tenant approval process. 

Now tenants can use their on-time rental payments to bolster their credit score and landlords can create credit consequences for those who do not make timely payments. 

Snowbirds Flocking to the South Okanagan this Winter

A survey completed this past winter by Snowbird Advisor shows that 44% of Canadian snowbirds did not travel this winter and 31% stated they traveled for all or part of the winter. The survey included results from 3000+ snowbirds all over Canada. 

The largest factors deterring snowbirds from travel outside of Canada are as follows: 

The Wine Capital of Canada; Oliver, British Columbia

Welcome to the Wine Capital of Canada; Oliver, British Columbia!

The community is well located only 25 minutes from all the amenities in Penticton and 20 minutes from the beach activities of Osoyoos. The town boasts its own hospital, gyms, outdoor pool and hockey rink.

Oliver also offers quite a few restaurants. Both in town and at the neighbouring wineries. Be sure to check out Terrafina Restaurant, The Burrowing Owl, and Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek for amazing cuisine and stunning vistas: 

Residential Tenancy Branch Accepting Email as Method of Service

The professional organization I am associated with, LandlordBC, has long advocated that both landlords and tenants should be allowed to use email as a method of service for serving documents such as 2 Month Notice to End Tenancies, Eviction Notices and Rental Increases.

I strongly agree with this new policy. An abundance of time being a property manager is spent at the post office sending documents via registered mail. This postal route is also an expensive way of issuing notice to tenants.

The Importance of Tenant's Insurance

Liability claims, hotel fees, and the cost of replacing your belongings in instance of theft or fire are very important items that a tenant’s insurance policy will cover. Many tenants do not realize that their landlord’s insurance policy does not cover their persons from these instances occurring.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada states that about half of Canadian renters do not have proper insurance coverage.

Tenant Financial Assistance Available Due to COVID-19

In this unprecendented and worrisome time we feel very grateful to live in a country and province that has the ability to support its citizens. Our South Okanagan residents in Osoyoos and Oliver, British Columbia can be rest assured we will provide you with timely information on all assistance programs as they are made available by government issuing bodies. 

There are three programs available to assist you if your employment has been affected due to COVID-19.

Below you will find information and links to each program which detail eligibility and application instructions: 

The Power Of A Single Rental Property

Owning just one rental property can have a myriad of benefits for a landlord both short and long-term. 

We all wish for passive income and multiple income streams. By hiring a great property manager to manage your investment your income will become even more passive and hassle-free for years to come. 

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Featured Testimonial

I wish to take a moment to commend Ashley at having done an excellent job as my property manager while I lived in another province.   She helped me personally and professionally with going through an arbitration process and made it seem so simple.  She is the right choice for any landlord as she is very up–to–date with the Act and procedures, and very meticulous with detail.  At the end of the day, it is about trust and for this reason and confidence, I recommend Ashley Lutke-Schipholt at South Okanagan Rentals.

Brenda Froese, CAP

Executive Assistant

Office of the Superintendent and Board of Trustees