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.


  • Residential Tenancy Branch Rules of Procedure Jan-18 (PDF)
    Applies to applications made on or after September 23, 2017
    • Residential Tenancy Branch Rules of Procedure in effect prior to September 23, 2017 (PDF)
      Applies to:
      • applications made prior to September 23, 2017
      • Applications for Dispute Resolution that were made prior to September 23, 2017 and amended after these Rules of Procedure came into effect, except to the extent that the arbitrator determines that the application of the former Rules of Procedure would prejudice the party who applied for dispute resolution, or would result in a breach of the principles of natural justice.


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: January 24, 2018.

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