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Check out the latest Residential Tenancy Branch news items.

Try our new online application for dispute resolution!

  • Upload evidence online
  • Apply for a fee waiver online
  • Helpful email reminders and notifications
  • Helpful information along each step of the application
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Ability to resume an incomplete application
  • Improved look and intuitive design

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Note: Applicants wanting to update online applications filed before September 25, 2017 must contact the Residential Tenancy Branch or visit any Service BC Office or Residential Tenancy Branch Office.

Landlords applying through the direct request process for an order of possession and monetary order for unpaid rent may now request recovery of the $100 application filing fee in the application.

 

Scheduled online application outage from September 22, 2017 5:00 p.m. to September 25, 2017 (news release date: September 22, 2017)

The Online Application for Dispute Resolution will be offline from 5:00 on Friday, September 22, 2017.  

During this outage, the Residential Tenancy Branch will be launching our new online application which you should see here soon.  

We hope to bring you the new online application by Monday, September 25, 2017, but if we have difficulties, we will ensure our standard online application is available on Monday.

Coming soon! An improved online application will be available in September. What’s new?

  • Upload evidence online
  • Apply for a fee waiver online
  • Helpful email reminders and notifications
  • Helpful information along each step of the application
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Ability to resume an incomplete application
  • Improved look and intuitive design
Residential tenancy rent increases that take effect in 2018 are allowed to a maximum of 4.0%.
Manufactured home park tenancy rent increases that take effect in 2018 are allowed to a maximum of 4.0% plus a proportional amount.

The Residential Tenancy Branch has published information and resources for landlords and tenants affected by the 2017 Wildfires.

 

Information session for landlords and tenants in Maple Ridge on Thursday, August 10th (news release date: August 2017)

The information session takes place as follows:

Date:              Thursday, August 10, 2017

Time:             6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:      Greg Moore Youth Centre, 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge

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Change to Monetary Claims Limit (news release date: June 1, 2017)

As a result of the recent increase of monetary limit for claims under the Small Claims Act, the Residential Tenancy Branch may now hear disputes that involve a monetary claim of up to $35 000.00.  

The Residential Tenancy Branch adjudicates disputes between landlords and tenants that do not exceed the monetary limit for claims under the Small Claims Act. This authority is provided by section 51 of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act and section 58 of the Residential Tenancy Act.

The monetary limit for claims under the Small Claims Act is increased from $25 000.00 to $35 000.00, effective June 1, 2017.

The 2017 deposit interest rate is 0.0%.

The interest rate for deposits is set according to the Residential Tenancy regulation part 1, section 4.

Interest payable on security deposits and pet damage deposits

4 The rate of interest under section 38 (1) (c) of the Act [return of deposits] that is payable to a tenant on a security deposit or pet damage deposit is 4.5% below the prime lending rate of the principal banker to the Province on the first day of each calendar year, compounded annually.

The current prime lending rate of the principal banker to the Province is 2.70%.

Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act allow landlords to return security and pet deposits electronically to tenants.
 
If a landlord returns a deposit to the tenant by electronic means, they can't charge the tenant a fee for doing so.
Changes to the Residential Tenancy Regulation (External Link) address concerns raised by landlords and tenants.  The changes provide a definition of transitional housing and give housing providers greater ability to ensure safety and security for tenants and staff.  The Regulation changes also allow for the continued and expanded use of rent-geared-to-income housing.
The specific Regulation changes are described below:
  • Section 1 (External Link) is amended to provide a definition of transitional housing that clarifies what kind of housing is considered “transitional” and therefore excluded from the Residential Tenancy Act’s jurisdiction.
  • Section 2 (External Link) is amended to allow existing rent-geared-to-income housing programs to continue after their operating agreements expire, and to allow new rent-geared-to-income housing to be operated under agreements with municipalities or districts.
  • Section 9 of the Schedule (External Link) is amended to support housing providers who serve at-risk populations by providing landlords the authority to make reasonable restrictions on guests’ use of common areas of rental property.  This change also addresses concerns raised by tenants.
Changes to the Residential Tenancy Act allow for the early end to a fixed-term tenancy, commonly known as a lease, by a tenant who is fleeing family violence or who has been accepted into a long-term care facility. This will make it easier for tenants who fear for their or their children’s safety to end the fixed-term tenancy agreement, along with people eligible for, or accepted into, long-term care.
Residential tenancy rent increases that take effect in 2017 are allowed to a maximum of 3.7%.
Manufactured home park tenancy rent increases that take effect in 2017 are allowed to a maximum of 3.7% plus a proportional amount.
Policy Guideline 19: Assignment and Sublet was updated on July 22, 2016.  

The revised policy clarifies how the Residential Tenancy Act applies to sublets.  Roommates who have an agreement with a tenant, but not with the landlord, do not have recourse through the Residential Tenancy Branch as there is no contractual relationship between the roommate and the landlord. 
Tenancy agreements are an important tool to protect both landlords and tenants.

 

The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: September 23, 2017.

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