Part II: Landlords & Tenants – Tenant Responsibilities

The Tenant

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 A Guide for Landlords and Tenants in British Columbia 4
• 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

The security and pet damage deposit combined cannot be more than one month’s rent.

A tenant must:
• Repair any damage that they, their guests or pets cause, even if it is an accident
• Keep the rental unit in a condition that meets health and cleanliness standards
• Contact the landlord as soon as possible if a repair is needed: all repairs required, that are not the fault of the tenant, their guests, or pets, should go through the landlord

Emergency Repairs
Repairs are an emergency only if the health or safety of the tenant is in danger, or if the building or property is at risk. Examples of emergencies under the Act:
• Major leaks in pipes or the roof
• Damaged or blocked plumbing fixtures or sewer pipes
• Malfunctioning electrical systems » Broken central or primary heating systems
• Defective locks that let anyone enter the rental unit without a key

Note of ending Tenancy:
Sliding the notice under the door, texting, or using e-mail is not valid under the Act.

Notice options:
• By mail at least five days before the last day of the month — Registered mail provides the tenant a receipt to prove delivery
• Posting the notice on the door, is a valid option for notice.

When the tenancy is for a fixed term, the notice cannot take effect before the end date specified in the tenancy agreement. The tenant should keep a record of how the notice was served, including the date, time, name of the person served, method and location of service

Ways for a Tenant to Give Notice to End Tenancy For a month-to-month, or periodic tenancy agreement, a tenant must serve written notice to end tenancy so that it’s received: » At least one month before the effective date of the notice, and » Before the day that rent is due
The tenant must ensure the landlord receives written notice in one of the following ways: » In person • The notice may also be given to an adult who lives with the landlord or to someone who acts as an agent for the landlord » By posting the notice on the landlord’s door or putting it in the mailbox at least three days before the last day of the month.