Real Estate Law
Residential Tenancies: Wrongfully Evicted by a BC Landlord?
Eviction Notices: Landlord’s Use Did your former landlord end your tenancy so that your unit could be occupied by the landlord or the landlord’s close family member, but fail to use the unit for this purpose? If so, your landlord may owe you 12 months of your previous rent as compensation. Who is a Close Family Member? The Residential…Read More
How to Apply for a Hearing with the BC Residential Tenancy Branch
The Residential Tenancy Branch (“RTB”) is authorized under the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulation and the Manufactures Home Park Tenancy Act and Regulation. The scope of the branch is to provide a process for landlords and tenants to start a civil action in relation to a residential tenancy dispute. Some of the common matters the RTB hears relate to returning a deposit,…Read More
New Law: B.C.’s Land Owner Transparency Act (LOTA)
The Land Owner Transparency Act As of November 30, 2020, the Land Owner Transparency Act (“Act/LOTA”) will be in effect. The Act was created by the BC government as a measure to assist with tax evasion, fraud, and money laundering. The LOTA will be the first of its kind in Canada. The Act has established…Read More
BC Allows Evictions as of August 17, 2020 for Nonpayment of Rent
As of August 17, 2020, landlords are now permitted to serve tenants a Notice to End Tenancy for unpaid rent or utilities if: the tenant failed to pay rent that was due before March 18, 2020; or the tenant fails to pay full rent due after August 17, 2020 (for most renters that would be…Read More
Can You Evict a Tenant for Non-Payment of Rent?
Since March 30, 2020, the government of BC has prohibited evictions for non-payment of rent. This will change as of September 1, 2020. Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent Unless the tenant and landlord have an agreement in place for the payment of rent in arrears, starting September 1, 2020, the landlord may evict a tenant…Read More