RENT SMART IN ACTION

Latest Projects + Innovation

We are always building and expanding to improve our impact.

Here are some of our latest projects we’re excited to share with you.

A NEW RentSmart Workshop

RTA

This virtual workshop is geared at housing providers + front-line staff working to support clients who are struggling with housing instability, evictions, difficult tenancies and would like to strengthen their understanding of BC Residential Tenancy Act. We cover topics such as: 

  • Scope of the law, 
  • Requirements of a tenancy, 
  • Roommate, assignment and sublet situations, 
  • Rights and responsibilities, 
  • Evictions and the process involved in dispute resolution with the Residential Tenancy Branch. 

If you are supporting people who are struggling with housing, renting, or eviction, it is very likely that you are exposed to the BC Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) fairly regularly.

Understanding the complexities of tenancy law can feel daunting but even a basic level of familiarity will make a big difference. Whether you work for a housing provider or community organization, knowledge of the RTA and available resources can increase your day-to-day capacity to help tenants and clients avoid common pitfalls, resolve tensions and stay housed.

Do you have questions related to tenancy law and how it applies to real-life rental situations? Would you like to deepen your understanding of tenancy rights and responsibilities and gain practical tenancy-related problem-solving skills?

Participants will get an opportunity to problem-solve and apply their learning to practical tenancy scenarios.

This pilot workshop was developed in partnership with TRAC and BCNPHA, with financial support from the Vancouver Foundation.

It includes 6 hours of facilitated learning on Zoom as well as 1.5 hours of independent self-study. Participants will need to have access to a computer with internet connection, and a second display would make the learning process much easier. In this first iteration of the program, all participants are expected to provide detailed feedback on their experience and learning in order to further improve the content and delivery.

Join us for the next virtual Overview of Residential Tenancy in BC workshop.

A NEW RentSmart Region

NUNAVUT Territory:

Atuqtuatsiarniq Iglulirijikku,nit
(the name of this project in the Inuktitut language)

Rent Smart has taken on its first customized tenant education project with the Government of Nunavut-Nunavut Housing Corporation. This project is in partnership with Ilitaqsiniq-Nunavut Literacy Council and led by an advisory council of Nunavut stakeholders.

This is an exciting and challenging project and we look forward to sharing more as it is developed.

MORE INFO ON THE NUNAVUT PROJECT

Rent Smart Education and Support Society, was approached by the Nunavut Housing Corporation to develop a customized tenant education program in partnership with Ilitaqsiniq-Nunavut Literacy Council.

This program is grounded in Inuit Societal Values and takes into consideration the unique factors related to tenancy in Nunavut Territory.

The materials will be available in both Inuktitut and English.

Scheduled to Launch in 2022.

"Rent Smart helped me to build confidence with finding housing.

It helped me to be a better tenant and gave me knowledge about my rights and responsibilities. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with housing to gain more knowledge about being a responsible tenant. Oh and I got a place very quickly!”

– Rent Smart Student

"It helps young people moving out for the first time.

They take in a lot of information they were not aware of. It also gives them more confidence and prepares them to start looking at places.”

– RentSmart Educator

Fee For Service

 

*Available soon. We are currently at capacity with this service.
Want to learn more?

Custom Curriculum

Fee for service or joint grant applications

Rent Smart’s tenant education curriculum was developed to meet as broad an audience as possible however we recognize that some folks or organizations would benefit from a customized approach.

Rent Smart is offering a limited number (based on our capacity) of customized tenant education programs to meet a variety of needs. We will explore funding options with you and work together with you to develop a curriculum that reflects your organizations needs so you can better meet the needs of tenants.

The customized curriculum packages may be tied into the broader Rent Smart system or be independent stand-alone programs.

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