Additional Rent Increase

To raise the rent above the maximum annual amount, the landlord must have either the tenant’s written agreement or an order from the Residential Tenancy Branch.

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Getting Agreement from Tenants

Before applying to the Residential Tenancy Branch for an order, a landlord should ask tenants to voluntarily agree to a rent increase greater than the allowable amount.

If the tenants agree to an additional rent increase, the landlord must issue to each tenant a Notice of Rent Increase along with a copy of their signed letter indicating their agreement to the increase. Tenants must be given three full months' notice of the increase.

Getting an Order

If the tenants do not agree and a landlord’s reasons for an additional rent increase are included in the Residential Tenancy Regulation or Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Regulation, the landlord must apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for a hearing.

Completing the Application

The landlord must complete the Application for Additional Rent Increase (PDF, 1.9MB) and submit it to the Residential Tenancy Branch. Here are a few tips:

  • Determine which reason for the rent increase (from pages 2 or 3) applies and complete that section
  • Fill in the required boxes on page 4 – list the current rents, requested rents and the date of the last rent increase
  • Be sure to complete the entire form – don’t forget to sign it and attach proof:
    • That the rent for a residential unit or manufactured home park is lower than in comparable units or manufactured home parks in the area, or
    • That the landlord completed significant repairs or renovations that were reasonable and necessary and are not likely to recur soon, or
    • Of an unexpected financial loss from operating or purchasing the property or manufactured home park, or
    • That the landlord, as a tenant, has been issued an additional rent increase

The landlord must also submit:

  • An application fee: $300 plus $10 for each affected unit or manufactured home site, to a maximum of $600
  • The rent history for the property or manufactured home park for the past three years
  • Proof of changes to the operating expenses and capital expenditures for a residential property or manufactured home park in the past three years
  • Any Residential Tenancy Branch decision about the property or any tenant living on the property during the past 12 months
  • Proof that renovations or repairs were NOT the result of inadequate maintenance
  • Information on any changes to services or facilities in the past 12 months

At the Hearing

Tenants are invited to raise their concerns regarding the landlord’s proposed increase. An order approving the increase might be issued where the landlord:

  • Can demonstrate the rent for a rental unit is significantly lower than that of similar rental units in the area
  • Completed significant repairs or renovations that couldn’t reasonably have been foreseen and will not recur within a reasonable period
  • Incurred a financial loss from an extraordinary increase in operating expenses
  • Incurred a financial loss for the financing costs of purchasing the property that could not reasonably have been foreseen
  • As a tenant, has received an additional rent increase for the same rental unit

After the Hearing

If an order is issued, the landlord must notify affected tenants using one of these forms:

The approved increase should be indicated on the form. The landlord must give the tenants three whole rental months’ notice before the rent increase comes into effect.

The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: December 5, 2016.