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NEW! Guides to Dispute Resolution

Before applying for dispute resolution read the guides that will help you through the process.

Rent Increase

The annual rent increase amount for 2022 will be 1.5%. Annual rent increase notices must have an effective date no earlier than January 1, 2022.

Tenancy agreements

Landlords are required to prepare a written agreement for every tenancy. Even if a landlord doesn't prepare one, renters are protected.

Is My Tenancy Covered Under B.C.’s Tenancy Laws?

The Residential Tenancy Branch provides information and dispute resolution services for residential tenancies.

Information for New Landlords

Are you a new landlord or thinking of becoming one?

Changes to Tenancy Laws

When the Residential Tenancy Act and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act and Regulation are amended it is important that landlords and tenants understand how these changes affect their rights and obligations.

Starting a Tenancy

Before renting a property, landlords and tenants should be familiar with the rules and regulations that govern how residential properties or units are rented in B.C.

Compliance and Enforcement

The Compliance and Enforcement Unit (CEU) ensures compliance the residential tenancy laws of BC. When a landlord or tenant has seriously and deliberately not followed BC tenancy laws, the CEU may investigate and issue administrative monetary penalties. 

During a Tenancy

What are your rights and responsibilities during a tenancy, including information on rent increases, repairs and maintenance?

Contact the Residential Tenancy Branch

Contact the Residential Tenancy Branch for information, education and dispute resolution services for landlords and tenants.

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Resources and Calculators

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

Forms

The forms page has new forms to make applying for dispute resolution easier.

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