The Residential Tenancy Act has been amended to support tenants and landlords during the provincial state of emergency and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The amendments are in effect for the duration of the state of emergency.
The state of emergency temporarily suspends a landlord’s ability to end a tenancy if a tenant does not pay the rent in full and on time. A tenant who has not paid rent could face eviction once the state of emergency is over.
Tenants facing difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis should consider all assistance that is available to them, including:
Most evictions are not allowed during the state of emergency. In exceptional circumstances, a landlord may apply directly to the Residential Tenancy Branch to end the tenancy.
Landlords cannot give notice to end tenancy for:
Landlords can apply to end a tenancy if it would be unreasonable, or unfair to the landlord or other occupants of the residential property, to wait for the state of emergency to end and the tenant or a person permitted on the residential property by the tenant has:
Landlords can also apply to end a tenancy if:
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Written by: Kaitlin Pierce