Tenant Support and Resources

Updated: September 10, 2021

UPDATES

Important information for tenants specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Province’s website (updated: September 8, 2020).  Some of the important updated information for tenants is summarized below:  

 

  • On March 25, 2021, changes were made to Tenancy Laws. Here is a summary of these changes:
  • The rent increase freeze has been extended until December 31, 2021. Annual rent increase notices with an effective date after March 30, 2020 and before January 1, 2022 are canceled. If you are a tenant and received a rent increase notice that falls within these dates, do not pay the increased amount. If a landlord does collect the increased amount during the period that rent increases are not allowed, tenants can deduct the additional amount from future rent payments. This rent increase freeze does not include commercial tenancies, non-profit housing tenancies where rent is geared to income, co-operative housing and some assisted living facilities. More information on if tenancies are covered under BC Tenancy laws can be found here.
  • Other proposed changes to the Residential Tenancy Act and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act are outlined in the Province’s News Release.

  • On March 8, 2021, the Province announced a new rent aid program called the British Columbia Housing Benefit. This program will help make rent more affordable for select households that do not qualify for other rental assistance programs. The benefit will be distributed to identified priority groups either by non-profit housing providers who will identify and select eligible applicants, or in some cases by BC Housing who will select eligible households from The Housing Registry database  More information will be posted on this benefit as it becomes available.

 

 

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.