Tenancy & Housing

Overview

The Residential Tenancy Act is the law that govern tenancies in British Columbia.

The Residential Tenancy Act also outlines the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords. It is regulated by the Residential Tenancy Branch who also provide services such as:

  • Hosting tenancy hearings
  • Legal information related to tenancy
  • Online tools such as rental increase calculators
  • Help with online application for dispute resolution
  • Policy Guidelines

Please see our related videos and answers to commonly asked questions regarding tenancies. Also take a look at our resources section that provide forms, fact sheets and guides about tenancies in BC.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Contact Us ›

Tenancy & COVID FAQs

Landlords and tenants must work together to create a Repayment Plan for rent or utilities that was not paid from March 18, 2020 to August 17, 2020. The repayment plan will go in effect minimum 30 days after it is issued to a tenant. The repayment plan must include the following:

  • The date the first installment is due. This must be at least 30 days after the date the repayment plan is given by the landlord to the tenant. For example, if the landlord issues the repayment plan on August 19, 2020, it may go in effect by earliest September 19, 2020.
  • The repayment period starts on the date the repayment plan is given by the landlord to the tenant and ends on July 10, 2021.
  • The payment of the overdue rent must be in equal installments. For example, if the amount that is overdue is $1,000, the monthly installment can be set out to be $100/month for a total of 10 months.
  • Each installment must be paid on the same date that rent is due under the tenancy agreement. For example, if a tenant’s rent is due on the 1st of the month, then the installments are also due on the 1st of the month.

Landlords may use the Residential Tenancy Branch’s Repayment Plan form or make one that is similar to it.

For more information, click here.

Tenancy & Housing FAQs

Notices FAQs

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Please complete the form below to email us with your question.