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Rental Agents in British Columbia

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Often when you are in the UK, you want to be able to find a good short-term rental, which will get you set up before you arrive in BC. The trouble is that good rental companies are hard to find and accommodation for families may be particularly challenging.

Why is there this shortage of decent rental companies who can offer something at an affordable price?

People “in the know” have said that property companies are getting out of the rental market for a variety of reasons:

  1. Smaller companies are being taken over by larger ones who want to concentrate on the high end and corporate rentals.
  2. An increase in the number of tenant problems with grow ops, criminals etc.
  3. A huge number of “good tenants” have recently been able to buy property with current low interest rates and 100% finance deals.
  4. “Bad tenants” are perceived to get too much protection.

For really short-term rentals, a reasonable alternative is the rental suite. Basic accommodation, beds bath, living room and you get a kitchen as well. There are a ton of these in the West End and a couple on the North Shore. I have a couple of recommendations. So email me when you are coming to Vancouver.

Basically, most rentals are done privately - check the local papers or main papers (see our list in the right hand column).

You may also want to try the following:

Classified adverts
Best source when you are here, or due to arrive very shortly.

Rental companies - Vancouver and area
These are sites which rent suites in one or more buildings. These are mostly the property managers for the building. I have included a couple of housing co-op’s - more info on this at end of page.

Rental companies - Victoria and area

Internet sites - various areas

Vancouver short term rentals
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Victoria - Bed and Breakfast / Furnished rentals

Our advice is to budget for at least a couple of weeks, short term accommodation, as some landlords may be hesitant to take you on when you do not have Canadian references or credit history when you first arrive.

Co-operative Housing

Co-op’s are places where you buy a share in the co-op and vote on the way it is run. You may have to pass an interview to join the co-op. Co-op’s are an affordable housing initiative and have been going for many years. More information on co-op’s at the Co-operative Housing Federation web site.

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