Tenancy Laws & Rules

The following Acts and regulations support and protect the rights of both landlords and tenants – ensuring that all tenancy business is conducted properly and fairly.



Other laws that also influence tenancy agreements and processes include:

Human Rights Code: A legal code that:

  • Fosters a society in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia
  • Promotes a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights
  • Prohibits discrimination
  • Identifies and eliminates inequality associated with discrimination
  • Protects those who have been discriminated against by providing options for compensation

Administrative Tribunals Act: An administrative law that regulates government procedures for resolving disputes. The Act outlines remedies that are available, including judicial review of a Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) decision.

Judicial Review Procedure Act: This legislation provides the authority, process and recognized grounds for applications to the B.C. Supreme Court for a judicial review of an RTB decision.


The content on this website is periodically reviewed and updated by the Province of British Columbia as per the date noted on each page: June 04, 2019

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