Common Questions

My landlord is threatening to evict me

The law says that your landlord can only evict you for certain reasons. In other words, your landlord can only evict you if there is cause. He/she must give you written notice that gives the reasons for the eviction and how you can challenge the eviction.

Good starting points include:

  • The Tenant Survival Guide, from the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, has a chapter on evictions.
  • The provincial government's Residential Tenancy Branch website features Starting a Tenancy, which offers information about the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords. Also on the site is Solving Problems, with information about ways to deal with landlord/tenant disputes.
  • The Residential Tenancy Branch website also features How to Apply for Dispute Resolution, which describes the process by which landlords and tenants can apply for a dispute resolution hearing (formerly called "arbitration").
  • LSLAP Manual: Landlord and Tenant Law, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, discusses evictions in the section "End of Tenancy Agreement."
For more information on tenants' rights and responsibilities, contact the Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) Tenant Infoline.

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Last reviewed April 2014

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