Tenant Support and Resources
Updated: July 17, 2020
On July 16, 2020, the Provincial Government announced changes to Residential Tenancies. Some details of this announcement are summarized below:
- The Province has announced an end to the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent. Landlords will be able to issue a Notice to End Tenancy for unpaid rent after September 1, 2020.
- To give renters a timeframe to pay back any rent they owe from the emergency period, a tenant owing unpaid rent or utilities from the emergency period (March 18th to August 31, 2020) will be required to enter into a repayment plan with the landlord for repayment of any rent arrears. The repayment plan will have to be in writing and will have to be served using specific methods under the Residential Tenancy Act.
- A landlord will not be able to issue a Notice to End Tenancy for rent owed or accumulated during the emergency period (March 18th to August 31, 2020) unless the tenant has defaulted on their repayment plan.
- Rent can be increased by a Landlord as of December 1, 2020.
On June 19, 2020 the Government of British Columbia announced the Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) will extend until the end of August 2020.
On June 16, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who:
- stopped working due to COVID-19 or
- are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or
- have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020
There are a number of support options available to tenants facing financial difficulties. For more information, refer to the Key Information and Resources Document for Tenants during COVID-19.