TYPES OF HOUSING
Depending on your need and financial situation, there are several kinds of housing
available in B.C.
This kind usually has one or more bedrooms. All apartments and suites have a kitchen, a
Bathroom and a living room. These suites for rent may be in an apartment building or Bathroom and a living room. This may be located in an apartment building or in a house.
b) STUDIOs/BACHELOR SUITES :
These kind of housing have one room with a kitchen area and a bathroom.
c) DUPLEX :
A duplex is a house divided into two separate apartments. It may be bought or
d) TOWNHOUSE :
A townhouse is a small house joined to other small houses. It may be bought or
e) APARTMENT BUILDING :
An apartment building has one owner for the whole building. In a comdominium
building, which is also known as Condo or Strata, each apartment is owned by one
person or family.
f) MOBILE HOME :
A mobile home can be moved from one place to another. It is usually cheaper to
buy than a house. You must also buy or rent the land to put the mobile home on.
ROOM FOR RENT :
It is usually in a shared house or apartment. Everyone shares the kitchen and
ROOM AND BOARD :
It means a room and meals. Furniture is included.
HOUSING COOPERATIVES ( CO-OPS) :
Co-ops and some non-profit groups also provide low-cost housing. There is a waiting
list for these places. B.C. Housing has low-cost apartments and townhouses that the
government rents. These are also for families with low and middle incomes. To rent,
you must have lived in B.C. for at least a year. There is a waiting list for these places.
When you rent a place, usually you also have to pay the “Security Deposit” which is
not more than half of one month’s rent. The landlord keeps the money until you
move out. If there is no damage done by you and clean the apartment well, then the
landlord must give you back the money plus the interest accumulated within 15 days
of your move out. When you rent a place, you and the landlord should make a
written tenancy agreement, which is the contract agreement. The agreement outlines the
rules for the renting. When you plan to move out, you must tell your landlord in writing
before the last day of the one month before you will move out. You also need to cancel all
the utilities such as telephone line etc. before you move out. While you have a home, rental
or otherwise, you may buy insurance on your home and your belongings for incidents such
as fire and robbery.
For more information on co-ops, call (604) 879-5112 ( in lower mainland), and on
B.C. Housing, call 433-2218 ( in Vancouver), 1-800-257-7756 ( elsewhere in B.C.).