The Landlord & Tenant: Part I

Excerpts from: A Guide for Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia
*Included on our website is a full version of the guide.

The Landlord
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 building, The 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 application
• Charge for reviewing or accepting an application
• Enter the unit without permission, except in an emergency

Rent payment is late if the full amount is not paid by midnight on the day it is due.
If a tenant does not pay the rent on time, the landlord can give the tenant:
A 10-Day Notice to End Tenancy for unpaid rent

A landlord can create a tenancy agreement as long as it complies with all laws and rules. The agreement must include:
• Legal names of the landlord and tenant » Address and telephone number of the landlord or landlord’s agent
• Address of the rental unit
• The date on which the tenancy starts
• For a fixed term tenancy, the date the tenancy ends and whether the tenancy may continue or whether the tenant must vacate the rental unit on that date A Guide for Landlords and Tenants in British Columbia 7
• The amount of the rent and when it is due
• The list of services and facilities included in the rent » The amount of security or pet damage deposit and when they are to be paid
• Signatures of the landlord and tenant
• The date the agreement was signed
• The standard terms on:
• Pets
• Condition inspections
• Rent increase
• Assigning or subletting
• Repairs
• Occupants and guests
• Locks
• Landlord’s entry into rental unit
• Ending the tenancy

Rent can increase only once a year and only by an amount permitted by law. The law allows inflation plus 2%, as well as a proportion of increases in some operating costs.

Inspection: Landlords can inspect the unit at any time however, the landlord must give 24-hour notice of that inspection. 
Excerpts from: A Guide for Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia
*Included on our website is a full version of the guide.