Common Questions

My landlord hasn’t carried out repairs. Can I stop paying rent?

No. You must still pay your rent or you could get evicted. However, if the repair is not for damages done by you (or your guests) the landlord is generally responsible for it. If writing to your landlord does not cause him/her to make the necessary repairs, you have the right to take legal action through the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Good starting points include:

For more information on tenants' rights and responsibilities, contact the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) Tenant Info Line.

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Last reviewed January 2015
repairs, tenants' rights, landlords, paying rent, landlord-tenant disputes, Residential Tenancy Branch