How to rent a house / apartment / room in Vancouver

Renting a house in Vancouver may be very difficult, and as such, it requires a lot of stamina and patience. Since 2008 I have lived in 5 different houses and apartments, viewed over 2 dozen suites and helped some of my friends to find a good (or a satisfactory) place to live. Some landlords will not rent to you unless they get all sorts of references from you and make you sign a 1-year lease, and some will be less demanding, and will rent to you after a 10-minute conversation.

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