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 that both the landlord and the tenant agree to the proposed amendment. However, it is important to note that a tenancy agreement cannot be altered to change or remove a standard term.
In certain circumstances, the landlord or the tenant may alter the terms of the tenancy agreement without obtaining the consent of the other. Such circumstances include:
- A rent increase whereby the landlord increases the rent by only the maximum allowable amount or whereby the landlord has obtained an order from the Residential Tenancy Branch that allows the landlord to increase rent;
- A withdrawal of or a restriction on a service or facility by the landlord done in accordance with the Residential Tenancy Act; and
- Any amendment which results from an order by the Residential Tenancy Branch.
Last revised: April 10, 2016