Additional Rent Increase

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:


To raise the rent above the maximum annual amount, the landlord must have either the tenant’s written agreement or an order from the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Getting Agreement from Tenants

Before applying to the Residential Tenancy Branch for an additional rent increase, a landlord may ask tenants to voluntarily agree to a rent increase greater than the annual allowable amount.  If the tenants agree to an additional rent increase, that agreement must be in writing.

The tenant’s written agreement must clearly show the agreed-upon rent increase (for example, the percentage increase and the amount in dollars) and the tenant’s signed agreement to that increase. 

If the tenants agree to an additional rent increase, the landlord must issue to each tenant a Notice of Rent Increase along with a copy of the tenant’s signed agreement to the additional amount. Tenants must be given three full months' notice of the increase.  A tenant’s rent cannot be increased more than once every twelve months.

Payment of a rent increase in an amount more than the allowed annual increase does not constitute a written agreement to a rent increase in that amount.

Getting an Order

If the tenants do not agree and a landlord’s reasons for an additional rent increase are included in the Residential Tenancy Regulation or Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Regulation, the landlord must apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for a hearing.

Completing the Application

The landlord must complete the Application for Additional Rent Increase (PDF, 1.9MB) and submit it to the Residential Tenancy Branch. Here are a few tips:

  • Determine which reason for the rent increase (from pages 2 or 3) applies and complete that section
  • Fill in the required boxes on page 4 – list the current rents, requested rents and the date of the last rent increase
  • Be sure to complete the entire form – don’t forget to sign it and attach proof:
    • That the landlord completed significant repairs or renovations that could not have been foreseen, were reasonable and necessary and are not likely to recur soon, or
    • Of an unexpected financial loss from operating or purchasing the property or manufactured home park, or
    • That the landlord, as a tenant, has been issued an additional rent increase

The landlord must also submit:

  • An application fee: $300 plus $10 for each affected unit or manufactured home site, to a maximum of $600
  • The rent history for the property or manufactured home park for the past three years
  • Proof of changes to the operating expenses and capital expenditures for a residential property or manufactured home park in the past three years
  • Any Residential Tenancy Branch decision about the property or any tenant living on the property during the past 12 months
  • Proof that renovations or repairs were NOT the result of inadequate maintenance
  • Information on any changes to services or facilities in the past 12 months

At the Hearing

Tenants are invited to raise their concerns regarding the landlord’s proposed increase. An order approving the increase might be issued where the landlord:

  • Completed significant repairs or renovations that couldn’t reasonably have been foreseen and will not recur within a reasonable period
  • Incurred a financial loss from an extraordinary increase in operating expenses
  • Incurred a financial loss for the financing costs of purchasing the property that could not reasonably have been foreseen
  • As a tenant, has received an additional rent increase for the same rental unit

After the Hearing

If an order is issued, the landlord must notify affected tenants using one of these forms:

The approved increase should be indicated on the form. The landlord must give the tenants three whole rental months’ notice before the rent increase comes into effect.

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.

Contact the Residential Tenancy Branch