Rent Increases

Rent increase freeze

The rent increase freeze has been extended for annual rent increases until December 31, 2021.

Annual rent increase notices issued with an effective date after March 30, 2020 and before Jan. 1, 2022 are cancelled.

If a landlord does collect the increased amount during the period that rent increases are not allowed, the tenant can deduct the additional amount from future rent payments.   

Requirements for landlords

Landlords cannot combine 2020 rent increase and 2021 rent increases. The maximum rent increase amount for 2022 will be published in late summer.

Notice of rent increase

When issuing a new notice of rent increase, a landlord must:

  • Use the approved notice of rent increase form
  • Use the maximum amount for 2022
  • Give the tenant no less than three full months before the notice takes effect. For example:
    • If rent is due on the fifteenth of each month, notice must be given before October 14, 2021 and the first increased rent payment will be due January 15, 2022

Use the correct form:


Landlords can only increase the rent once in a 12 month period by an amount permitted by law or an additional amount approved in advance by an arbitrator – they need to use the right form and give the tenant three full months’ notice of the rent increase.

  • See more details by clicking here.

A rent increase for a tenant with a fixed-term agreement (lease), who is remaining in a rental unit, is limited to the maximum annual allowable amount and can only be increased once every 12 months.  Rent can no longer be increased above that amount between tenancy agreements with the same tenant. 

Landlords are no longer able to apply for an additional rent increase on the basis that the rent is significantly lower than other similar rental units in the same geographic area.

Maximum Allowable Rent Increase

The landlord may only increase the rent 12 months after the date that the existing rent was established with the existing tenant(s) or 12 months after the date of the last legal rent increase, even if there is a new landlord or a new tenant by way of an assignment.

The maximum allowable rent increase is defined as the 12-month average percent change in the all-items Consumer Price Index for British Columbia ending in the July that is most recently available for the calendar year for which a rent increase takes effect.

For example, if a rent increase takes effect in 2022, the maximum allowable rent increase is the 12-month average percent change in the all-items Consumer Price Index for British Columbia ending in July 2021. 

BC Stats publishes the 12-month average percent change in the all-items Consumer Price Index for British Columbia:

The limits for residential tenancies and manufactured home park tenancies are different.

  • For residential tenancies, the standard allowable rent increase for 2022 will be announced in late summer 2021.
    • For residential tenancies use the form RTB-7
  • For manufactured home park tenancies, the standard allowable rent increase for 2022 will be announced in late summer 2021, plus a proportional amount for the change in local government levies and regulated utility fees
    • For manufactured home park tenancy rent increases taking place in 2022 use the form RTB-11a 

Subsidized housing, where rent is related to the tenant’s income, is not subject to rent increase laws.  In these cases, the Residential Tenancy Branch does not have the authority to make decisions on rent increases.  Tenants who have questions about rent increases for subsidized housing should discuss it with the housing provider.

The rent increase cannot be more than the amount calculated using the allowable increase percentage. This means a landlord can’t round up when calculating the allowable increase. For example, if the base rent is $1,100 and the maximum allowable increase is $15.40 the landlord can issue a Notice of Rent Increase for a new rent of up to $1,115.40, but not $1,116.00

Find out what’s involved with the different types of rent increases:

Previous Maximum Rent Increases

The following table outlines the maximum allowable rent increases for the past few years:


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Landlords may not retroactively apply a rent increase.  If a landlord did not issue a rent increase in the previous year, or issued a rent increase that was less than the amount allowed by law, they cannot later apply a rent increase to catch up.

Unlawful Rent Increase

A tenant does not have to pay an increase that is higher than the amount allowed by law. Instead, the tenant can give the landlord documents showing the allowable amount or apply for dispute resolution asking for an order that the landlord comply with the law, as long as the increase wasn’t granted through dispute resolution.

The tenant may deduct from future rent any overpayment – only if the tenant has already paid an increase higher than the legal amount. The tenant should attach a note to the rent to explain the reason for not paying the amount that the landlord has asked for.

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 30, 2021.

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