Tools & Resources

Discover publications and tools that will help you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or tenant.

Use these publications to help understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or tenant. The information in these resources is based on the Residential Tenancy Act (External Link) and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act (External Link) and is intended to provide guidance. If ever there’s a discrepancy between information from a supplementary resource and what the legislation says, the legislation will always take precedence as the legal authority.

  • Quick tips for landlords and tenants: Find guidance and information for common topics about renting
  • Guides: Lookup tenancy legislation explanations and comprehensive information about the dispute resolution process
  • Videos: Watch short videos on important tenancy topics
  • Information Sheets: Access convenient summaries of information that every landlord and tenant should know
  • Policy Guidelines: Read plain language versions of policies as well as the intent of the legislation they uphold – they’re especially useful for understanding how to present your dispute resolution case in way that’s relevant and logical
  • Previous Version of Rules of Procedure (PDF): To be used with applications made before October 26, 2015
  • Glossary of Terms: Lookup key words that appear often in tenancy matters (also available in French)  

Tools

Get things done – find the right tool designed to help with various tenancy-related tasks.

Helpful Links

The following is a list of links that landlords and tenants refer to regularly:

For Tenants

These groups and organizations are ready to help tenants with information about their rights and responsibilities when renting.

The Active Manufactured Home Owners Association is a province-wide association that actively promotes and supports an ongoing working relationship and partnership between Federal, Provincial and Local Government agencies, homeowner/tenants and the landowners/landlords of British Columbia's Manufactured Home Parks.

Visit the Active Manufactured Home Owners Association (External Link)

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation sets out several things to consider when looking to rent. They’ve got the information to help make things a little easier.

CLAS provides legal assistance and advances the law to address the critical needs of those who are disadvantaged or face discrimination.

Free legal information, education and resources for newcomers to Canada and the people working for them.

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia provides a variety of support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada.

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia is a publicly accountable, statutory corporation with a unique governance structure responsible for administering the land title and survey systems in BC.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner provides independent oversight and enforcement of B.C.'s access and privacy laws.  These guidelines are intended to assist landlords and property managers in discharging their duties under the Residential Tenancy Act in a manner that respects the privacy of tenants and promotes transparency in the operation of landlord and tenant relationships.

Ready to Rent BC opens doors to housing through education.  Their purpose is to provide education and support to tenants and landlords with the goal of healthy tenancies.

TRAC promotes the legal protection of residential tenants across British Columbia by providing information, education, support and research on residential tenancy matters.

 

For Landlords

Landlords can access information about managing rental units and tenant relationships properly from these organizations.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for more than 20,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate.

Whether you rent multiple units in a high-rise or an apartment in your basement, you need to know many things about finding tenants and making your rental business work to your advantage.  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation sets out some of the key business and legal aspects of being a landlord or a property manager.

CHOA is a consumer based non-profit association that promotes the understanding of strata property living and the interests of strata property owners.

LandlordBC is BC’s top resource for owners and managers of rental housing, and the largest professional rental housing industry association in the province.

The Manufactured Home Park Owners' Alliance of British Columbia is a registered non-profit society that represents over 360 Manufactured Home Community Owner members throughout British Columbia. They are supported by industry partners in working to make manufactured home living a very positive and attractive and affordable lifestyle choice.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner provides independent oversight and enforcement of B.C.'s access and privacy laws.  These guidelines are intended to assist landlords and property managers in discharging their duties under the Residential Tenancy Act in a manner that respects the privacy of tenants and promotes transparency in the operation of landlord and tenant relationships.

PestWorld.org is the official website of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property. This site serves as a comprehensive resource for consumers, media, educators and pest control professionals. From common household pests to do-it-yourself pest control tips, PestWorld.org provides timely information and tools to better serve our visitors' pest management needs.

The Professional Association of Managing Agents promotes pro­fessional and ethical residential property man­agement. Members recognize responsibilities to their investors, clients and to the commu­nity in general, when performing their duties in the management of residential rental properties, strata titled prop­erties and any other properties under their jurisdiction. 

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia regulates real estate in the public interest. They license the more than 22,000 individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rental property and strata management, they enforce standards of conduct, they investigate complaints from the public against licensees, and they impose disciplinary sanctions under the Real Estate Services Act.

The Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association (VISOA) provides services to all stratas (apartments, condominiums, townhomes, bare land stratas) in British Columbia. It is an independent, non-profit organization that was formed in 1973 and is supported solely by membership fees.

 

The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: March 24, 2017.

 

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