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Taxes
What are the tax implications of building a laneway house?
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Before building a laneway home or buying a property with one, you should understand the tax implications of doing so.
Fact Sheets
Cannabis fact sheet
Monday, March 22, 2021
Cannabis is regulated at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Here’s a summary of how it’s dealt with in Greater Vancouver municipalities.
Fact Sheets
Heritage Homes fact sheet
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
If a home is more than 60 years old, home owners may refer to it as having character merit or as “heritage”, regardless of how well it has been preserved or how much it has been altered over the years.
Legislation & Regulations
Rent freeze extended; renovictions, disputes addressed in proposed legislation
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Check the details of the BC government's proposed legislation to extend the residential rent freeze, and other related items.
Fact Sheets
Tree protection bylaws and policies for private property owners
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Many local governments in Greater Vancouver have a bylaw or policy addressing tree removal, retention, pruning and damage on private property. This fact sheet is an overview.
Legislation & Regulations
Vancouver council passes motion to end "no pets" rental rules
Monday, October 26, 2020
Vancouver city council passed a motion to end “no pet” restrictions in rental housing contracts on October 13, 2020.
Urban Planning
Provincial parties' housing policy platforms
Friday, October 16, 2020
Here are solutions offered by the three main parties as well as the BC Conservative Party which makes substantive housing related recommendations.
Legislation & Regulations
Maximum allowable rent increase is 1.4 per cent for 2021
Monday, September 21, 2020
BC landlords can raise rental apartment rents a maximum of 1.4 per cent as of January 2021 according to new rules set by the province.
Legislation & Regulations
Rent due, evictions allowed, rent repayment plan
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The provincial government has lifted the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent. Here's what to do if you're affected.
Home Ownership
Home suite home: Making a basement suite feel like home
Friday, August 14, 2020
Making the most of a limited space is a constant challenge for home owners with basement suites.
Legislation & Regulations
Secondary suites now allowed in ground-oriented, multi-family buildings
Friday, August 7, 2020
New updates to the BC Building Code allow secondary suites in duplexes, townhouses, and detached row houses throughout the province.
Fact Sheets
Property Transfer Tax fact sheet
Friday, May 1, 2020
The Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a land registration tax paid by a home buyer when a title is registered at the Land Title Survey Authority. Learn how much PTT you need to pay.
Fact Sheets
Secondary Suites fact sheet
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
This fact sheet provides a summary of bylaws and policies for secondary suites located within primary residences, auxiliary suites above garages, small garden suites, and coach houses (not laneway homes).
Home Ownership
Resources for landlords, tenants and property managers in Greater Vancouver
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Whether you rent out a small secondary suite or multiple units in a high-rise tower, being a landlord brings significant financial and legal obligations.
Fact Sheets
GST fact sheet
Thursday, September 6, 2018
The five per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies to the sale of some home sales in BC. Find out if GST applies to you by using this handy fact sheet.
Fact Sheets
Licensing and Consumer Services fact sheet
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Licensing and Consumer Services is a branch of BC Housing, a provincial government agency, established to improve the quality of residential construction and strengthen protection for new home buyers. Learn more about Consumer Services in this fact sheet.
Fact Sheets
Mortgage Loan Insurance fact sheet
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Under the Canadian Bank Act, the federal government requires federally regulated financial institutions to insure high-ratio mortgages – less than a 20 per cent down payment – against default. Understand mortgage insurance by using this fact sheet.