Living at Inclusion Homes

Here we’ve listed important things to know about living at Inclusion Homes.

Please click on a topic to read more about it. 

We will be continuing to update this page with more information as we get closer to our occupancy date – please check back!

To see floor plans and square footage of the units, click here to visit our About page. 

Moving In

Tenants are responsible for setting up and managing accounts for all utilities (hydro and electricity).

Tenants are responsible for arranging cable and telephone services, and to be at home to give companies access to install.

Satellite dishes are not permitted at Inclusion Homes.

Each unit is equipped with a connection to the front-door intercom system. This will allow you to open the front door of the building for your guests.

Tenants are provided with two sets of keys.

Tenants may not make extra keys for any lock on the property.

Tenants may not change or alter their locks.

Inclusion Homes will not change the locks or other means of access to any part of the property unless each tenant is provided with new keys beforehand.

Each unit is assigned a personal mailbox and will be provided with keys for their mailbox.

Each unit will be assigned one parking spot.

There is designated parking for electric mobility scooters located on the ground floor. Note that this storage is for mobility scooters only.

There is a bicycle rack outside available for tenants’ use. Alternatively, you may bring your bike into your unit for storage. Bicycles may not be stored in the hallways or on balconies.

The first and second floors of Inclusion Homes are designated as pet-friendly units.

If you wish to live with a pet, you must submit a Pet Application and receive written approval for your pet.

We have a 1 pet limit per household.

Permitted Pets:

  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Fish (maximum tank/aquarium size is 10 gallons)

Pets must not be more than 45 cm (17 inches) in height and 14 kg (30 lbs).

The tenant must ensure the premises, grounds and common areas of the interior and exterior premises are kept clean
and free of pet waste and odor. All pet waste needs to be picked up and
disposed of immediately. Litter boxes must be cleaned daily.

The tenant is responsible for the behavior of the pet. Unacceptable behavior such as barking, aggression, and damages will
result in a notice to immediately remove the pet from the premises and charges for all damage.

Dogs must be licensed with the City of Powell River, and animal by-laws must be followed.

Service dogs that are specially trained and registered to assist individuals with disabilities are permitted on all properties.

The tenant must provide the Property Manager with a copy of the identification card as described under British Columbia’s Guide Dog and Service Dog Act.

Inclusion Homes only insurers its buildings, not tenants’ belongings.

Your lease will require you to obtain renter’s insurance to cover the loss of your belongings in the event of fire, flood, theft, or other damages.

You must provide a copy of your tenant insurance, and all subsequent annual renewals, to the property manager.

If you do not have insurance and your belongings are damaged, Inclusion Homes is not financially responsible for replacement expenses.

Replacing your belongings can cost more than you think! Add up the costs of replacing everything you own – not just your furniture, but your clothes, TV, bedding and dishes.

Tenant insurance is affordable and easy to get – many insurance providers offer bundles with car insurance.

Your Tenancy

Prior to taking occupancy of your unit, you will sign a Residential Tenancy Agreement for a month to month tenancy. This means that you may end your tenancy with one’s month notice at any time.

If you lose your lease agreement, Inclusion Homes can provide another copy. 

Inclusion Homes tenants must pay their rent on or before the first day of every month.

We’ll be posting more payment details here closer to occupancy.

As a tenant, you are responsible for setting up, paying for, and managing all utility accounts for your unit.

Inclusion Homes is not responsible for any service disruption to your unit due to non-payment.

You must notify Inclusion Homes of any changes to your family size.

If you are currently on our waitlist, please submit an Update to Application Form.

Any occupant living in the unit without Inclusion Homes’ knowledge will be considered to be an unauthorized occupant and may be grounds for ending the tenancy.

Over time you may be subject to an increase in your rent.

Each year Inclusion Homes will evaluate rent amounts.

If there any changes to your rent, it must be agreed upon during the lease renewal signing in order to continue your tenancy with us.

As per BC’s Residential Tenancy Act, a landlord must not enter a rental unit that is subject to a tenancy agreement for any purpose unless one of the following applies:

  • the tenant gives permission at the time of the entry or not more than 30 days before the entry;
  • at least 24 hours and not more than 30 days before the entry, the landlord gives the tenant written notice that includes the following information:
  • the purpose for entering, which must be reasonable;
  • the date and the time of the entry, which must be between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. unless the tenant otherwise agrees;
  • the landlord provides housekeeping or related services under the terms of a written tenancy agreement and the entry is for that purpose and in accordance with those terms;
  • the landlord has an order of the director authorizing the entry;
  • the tenant has abandoned the rental unit;
  • an emergency exists and the entry is necessary to protect life or property.

Tenant Responsibilities

Alterations and renovations to your unit are not allowed. This includes structural alterations such as the installation of additional wiring, plumbing or heating units.

If alterations are made, Inclusion Homes will restore the unit to its original condition and charge the cost of such restoration to the tenant.

Decorating is different from alterations; small nails or picture hooks may be used to hang pictures.

Written permission from the Property Manager is needed to paint. You may be required to repaint the original colour upon move-out.

Drapes or blinds (provided) should be used as window coverings.

Sheets, flags, tin foil, blankets, or any other material not meant for window treatments are not permitted.

Each Inclusion Homes unit has a private balcony.

You are responsible for cleaning the inside and outside of the balcony doors, windows and tracks during your tenancy.

  • Balconies cannot be used for storage purposes
  • Please do not shake, throw or hang anything out of windows or balconies
  • Birdfeeders are not permitted on balconies.

Fire pits and wood burning stoves are prohibited on all Inclusion Homes sites, including common areas.

No barbeques of any kind are permitted on the property.

Common areas are shared spaces including community rooms, indoor lobbies and hallways, and outdoor playground or green spaces. Common areas are part of your community and should be treated like home.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure safe and reasonable use of all common areas by household members and guests.
  • Please do not leave belongings, including bicycles, baby strollers, wheelchairs, garbage and recyclables, in the common areas.
  • Community rooms must be reserved ahead of time, via the Property Manager.

Garbage and Recycling will be picked up on a weekly scheduled basis.

Guests cannot stay in your unit longer than one week (7 consecutive days) without written permission from the Property Manager.

You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests.

You are responsible for the cost of any repairs and maintenance to your unit or common areas should your guest cause any damage.

If guests stay for longer than one week or if they stay in the unit on a repetitive schedule, they would be considered an unauthorized occupant, which is a breach of the lease agreement.

There are laundry facilities (washing machines and dryers) on each floor. There is no additional cost to use the washing machines and dryers. 

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Smoking includes but is not limited to tobacco, cannabis, and electronic cigarette smoking, as well as vaping.

Tenants who have been prescribed medical marijuana may consume it in their rental unit under the BC Human Rights Code, but they must also ensure that they are not violating another tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment under the Residential Tenancy Act.

Only the leaseholders and occupants listed on your lease agreement may live in your unit.

Subletting of your unit is not allowed. This includes short-term rentals like Airbnb.

You may not rent out any part of the property, including parking spaces.

All new occupants must be pre-approved by Inclusion Homes.

Any guests staying in the unit for longer than 7 days required written permission from your Property Manager.