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renting in condo buildings

Vancouver!

Does anyone post in this community anymore??

Just taking a quick poll to get a feel for how this issue:

For those of you who rent in a condo building, who paid your move in fee? Was it you or your landlord?

If you used to live in a condo building, same question, but who paid your move out fee?

Just curious to see how other people have dealt with this issue.

Thanks!

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dstroy
Mar. 19th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
move-in fees? like what aspect are you referring to?

Here in Vancouver we've been in two condos...in both cases we signed lease contracts (the first one was not good for us because it was one year but EXPIRED without dropping to any renewal so when time came to extend our stay they were happy to do so but rewrote the contract from scratch without any legal requirements to limit how much they raised the rent, which sucked. We made sure there was no "tenant must vacate" clause on the new contract) In both cases we paid first month's rent and a damage and pet deposit, and the place we were in before there was a cleaning fee, but the place we're moving to next there was a bit about us having to arrange for professional cleaning for the next tenants. Most important learning was to make sure they dont have that end-clause because they can really rip you off if you decide you want to stay (they wont be able to charge that much from a new tenant, but put us in a tight spot because they knew we didn't want to add complicating everything with a move so they raised rent more than 5% simply because they could get away with it since it was "technically" a brand new rental contract!)
sam_n_ella
Mar. 19th, 2014 04:50 am (UTC)
Stratas charge a move in fee when you move into a suite in the building - I read in the tenancy act that technically, a landlord is allowed to pass this fee onto you when you move into the building if you are renting their suite. And some stratas also charge a "move out" fee, which is the same idea except you pay it when you move out.

I guess it's a way for them to recoup any damages in case you destroy the place while you're moving in/out, but yeah I just wondered if anyone has paid this or if their landlord generally paid this.
dstroy
Mar. 19th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
huh. we have to put down a deposit to reserve the elevator - but that money is returned when the key is returned. They put padding up in the elevators when we get the keys too. I guess I dont recall having to pay the extra moving fees - our next move is within the same building...
red_dragn
Mar. 19th, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't had to pay but all my friends have had to pay to "reserve the elevator" to move out AND to move in! ie: On moving day $400 in elevator fee's between the two places. gross.
autumn_rainy
Mar. 19th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
we didn't pay the move in fee when we moved in (there were no fees, so nobody paid), but a year later they posted on the elevator door a note that there is a move in a move out fee of 150$ from now on.
Since then our neighbors move in and out at night time :D
bdellovibrio
Mar. 20th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
I live in Victoria, but when I moved into the condo I'm renting, I paid the move in fee, not my landlords. Not sure if there is a move out fee, but if there is I assume I'll have to pay that too. Not really a big deal to me.
737_700
Apr. 15th, 2014 11:43 am (UTC)
Good to know this. Certainly wont be renting in a condo building, Talk about a rip off, charging to move in and out...
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