Many of us rent or rent out homes, but how many of us are actually familiar with the Residential Tenancy Act? This Act is BC’s renting legislation that is overseen by the Residential Tenancy Branch. While this is not an area we oversee here at Consumer Protection BC, we always feel that it’s important for all consumers (both renters and landlords) to understand their rights and obligations under the law, in order to make informed decisions.
Did-you-knows for renters and landlords:
- Did you know that the pet damage deposit cannot be more than one half of a month’s rent, and a landlord can only ask for one pet damage deposit (no matter how many pets are allowed)?
- Did you know that a tenancy agreement must be made in writing, and a copy of the agreement must be given to the tenant within 21 days of entering into the agreement?
- Did you know that tenants must pay their rent on or before the day it is due and that landlords can give a 10-day notice for nonpayment of rent on any day after rent is due?
- Did you know that if a landlord wishes to increase rent, they must use the “Notice of Rent Increase” form and give notification at least three rental periods prior to the increase taking place? (Also: rent may only be increased once in any 12-month period.)
- Did you know that tenants must keep their rental units clean and sanitary and repair any damages caused by them, or a guest?
There’s a lot more to know about renting in British Columbia. For more information, please visit the Residential Tenancy Branch website.
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