Giving landlords & tenants peace of mind

A pilot project that aims to increase access to housing for vulnerable individuals while protecting landlords from financial risk.

Bringing Landlords
& Tenants Together

What is the RentSmart Guarantee Fund?

The RentSmart Guarantee Fund is an exciting new pilot program operated by the Rent Smart Education and Support Society, a registered charity located in Victoria BC in collaboration with several partners. The RentSmart Guarantee Fund covers up to $5,000 in damages or arrears in rent for eligible tenants for 12 months.

All program participants will have been trained with a RentSmart tenant certificate.

Why a Guarantee Fund?

Rental markets in BC Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District have critically low vacancy rates and increased competition make finding stable housing incredibly challenging for tenants. This is especially true for individuals facing barriers such as a lack of references, credit and rental experience. Youth leaving government care are also at a disadvantage as they often do not have the support network that their peers do.

Be part of the RS Guarantee Fund initiative.

Get your name on the list to be notified of the project launch and receive on-going updates about the guarantee fund.

Landlords can see this group of tenants as a potential financial risk, and are discouraged by concerns about potential property damage and non-payment of rent. This creates barriers to housing for individuals in an already competitive market. 

The fund will increase access to housing by allowing participants to become established tenants while protecting landlords from perceived financial risk. 

All program participants will have been trained with a RentSmart tenant certificate.

Our Community

The RentSmart Guarantee Fund is a pilot collaboration project between Rent Smart Education and Support Society, Aunt Leah’s Place, Y Young Moms, Y Pandora Youth Apartments, and Pacifica Housing. We are piloting this initiative in the BC Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District, two of Canada’s most challenging rental markets.

If you are a landlord, how can the RSGF help you?

rentsmart education

The RentSmart Guarantee Fund (RSGF) aims to increase access to housing for vulnerable individuals all the while protecting landlords from financial risk. With the help of our partners, we offer $5,000 of coverage for eligible tenants for damages or rental arrears in conjunction with thorough rental education.

financial guarantee

The RSGF is a pilot collaboration project between Rent Smart, Aunt Leah’s Place, Y Young Moms, Y Pandora Youth Apartments, and Pacifica Housing. We are piloting this initiative in the BC Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District (CRD), two of Canada’s most challenging rental markets.

The highlights of what this includes:

We provide educational training for tenants

We screen tenants for you

We understand the Landlord's perspective

Up to $5000, 12-month coverage

This initiative is made possible through generous contributions from these partnerships.

in partnership with

with support from

Special thanks to: Anne Hale, Audrey Johnson Fund, and the Sun Star Fund

Want to become a community support partner that helps vulnerable individuals access housing?

I am more confident and knowledgeable and more of a proud renter. The course helped me understand things from the landlords perspective and in turn I became a better tenant. Thank you so much, this course taught me a lot and definitely changed my life. – RentSmart Participant

solutions for a stronger community

The RentSmart Guarantee Fund (RSGF) aims to increase access to housing for vulnerable individuals

… all the while protecting landlords from financial risk. With the help of our partners, we offer $5,000 of coverage for eligible tenants for damages or rental arrears in conjunction with thorough rental education.

Get in touch – Ask us a question.

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Office Location

211-611 Discovery Street,
Victoria, BC  V8T 5G4

Phone

(250) 388-7171

Email

info@rentsmartguarantee.org

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