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A tenancy begins when someone agrees to pay rent to occupy a property or unit owned by a landlord. Under the law, both tenants and landlords have specific rights and responsibilities in a tenancy. Make sure you’re renting the right way – access information and resources that will help you have a successful tenancy.

Starting a Tenancy

Before renting a property, landlords and tenants should be familiar with the rules and regulations that govern how residential properties or units are rented in B.C.

These rules do not apply to cooperative housing, transitional housing, homestay programs or vacation rental programs.

During a Tenancy

Tenancies are most successful when landlords and tenants fully understand their rights and responsibilities.This helps to prevent disputes and fosters a healthy landlord and tenant relationship.

Ending a Tenancy

A tenancy ends when the:

  • Tenancy is for a fixed term that clearly states the tenant will move out at the end of the fixed term
  • Tenant or landlord gives legal notice to end the tenancy
  • Landlord and tenant mutually agree to end the tenancy
  • Tenancy agreement is frustrated by circumstances beyond the landlord or tenant’s control
  • Tenant abandons the rental unit
  • Landlord has an order of possession from the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB)

Solving Problems

Here are some best practices to follow when problems occur during a tenancy.

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