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What issues may I deal with during the course of a residential tenancy in British Columbia?

BC Landlord Guide- Payment of Rent

Payment of Rent by the Tenant

A tenant must always pay the rent due as provided by the tenancy agreement whether or not the landlord complies with the provisions of the Residential Tenancy Act (the Act). As a general rule,...
BC Landlord Guide- Rent Increase

Rent Increases in British Columbia

Before increasing rent, a landlord must wait for at least 12 months from either the start of the tenancy agreement or the date of the last increase. A landlord must also give the tenant...
BC Landlord Guide- Landlord’s Right of Entry

Landlord’s Right of Entry into the Rental Unit

A landlord’s right to enter a rental unit has to be balanced at all times with the tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment since frequent entries, regardless of whether notice is given to the tenant...
BC Landlord Guide- Tenant’s Right to Quiet Enjoyment

Tenant’s Right to Quiet Enjoyment

A tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment provides the tenant with the right to: reasonable privacy; freedom from unreasonable disturbance; exclusive possession of the rental unit subject to the landlord’s right to enter the rental...
BC Landlord Guide- Maintenance and Repairs

Maintenance and Repairs to the Rental Unit

Both landlords and tenants have a duty to maintain and repair the rental unit. A tenant is required to maintain reasonable health, cleanliness and sanitary standards throughout the rental unit and the rental building to...
BC Landlord Guide- Changing of Locks

Changing the Locks to the Rental Unit

When considering the issue of changing locks, it is important to distinguish between keys that allow access to the residential property (ie. the rental building) and keys that allow access to the individual rental...
BC Landlord Guide- Subletting and Assignment

Subletting the Rental Unit and Assigning the Tenancy Agreement

When assigning a tenancy agreement, the tenant gives up all rights and responsibilities which are then transferred to a new tenant. An assignment can be distinguished from a sublease as, under a sublease, the...
BC Landlord Guide- Amending the Tenancy Agreement

Amending the Tenancy Agreement

When amending a tenancy agreement, landlords and tenants should refer back to the rules of drafting a tenancy agreement. In general, a tenancy agreement may be amended to add, remove or change any term provided...