British Columbia’s Residential Tenancy Act (the Act) and Regulation apply to:

  • Tenancy agreements
  • Rental units
  • Residential properties

The landlord’s responsibilities

A landlord is someone who, in exchange for rent, gives another person (the tenant) the right to use the residential property. A landlord can be:

  • The owner of the buildingThe owner’s agent
  • The owner’s successors

The landlord must:

  • Comply with British Columbia’s rental laws
  • Make sure the rental unit and building are maintained according to
  • the health, safety and housing standards established by law
  • Make repairs and keep the unit and building in good condition
  • Pay the utility bills if utilities are included in the rent
  • Investigate any complaints about disturbances
  • Ensure that the tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment and peaceful
  • occupation of the premises is respected

The landlord must not:

  • Charge for accepting or processing a tenancy applicationCharge for reviewing or accepting an application
  • Enter the unit without permission, except in an emergency

The tenant’s responsiblities

  • The tenant is someone who pays rent in exchange for the right to use the residential property .

A tenant must:

  • Pay rent and other fees on time
  • Maintain reasonable health, cleanliness and sanitary standards throughout the rental unit and residential property
  • Ensure their guests and pets do not damage the property, but if there are damages, repair them as soon as possible
  • Do not disturb other people in the building or neighbouring property
  • Do not endanger the safety of others on the property

A Co-tenant’s responsibilities

Co-tenants are two or more tenants who rent the same property and have signed the same tenancy agreement. Co-tenants have equal rights, are jointly responsible for meeting the terms of the agreement, and are liable for any debts or damages relating to the tenancy . This means the landlord can recover the full amount of rent, utilities or any repair cost for damages from all or any one of the co-tenants.

Tenants Under the Age of 19

A person under the age of 19 who enters into a tenancy agreement is legally responsible for the tenancy.