Common Questions

I’m considering renting out my property

Being a landlord is a very serious commitment. Whether you rent out many suites in an apartment building or one suite in your basement, you must follow provincial and regional laws and regulations. The Residential Tenancy Act and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act describe the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords in BC.

Good starting points include:

  • Starting a Tenancy, from the provincial government, explains the rights and responsibilities of landlords according to the laws. During a Tenancy and Ending a Tenancy explain these rights and responsibilities at later stages of tenancy.
  • Tenancy Agreements, from the provincial government, provides the standard residential tenancy agreement, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant. It also has the manufactured home site tenancy agreement for when the tenants own their manufactured home and only rent the site that it sits on.
  • Residential Tenancy, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities.
  • LSLAP Manual: Landlord and Tenant Law, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, has information about a landlord’s legal obligations in many sections of the chapter.

Need more help?

  • The Residential Tenancy Branch, by the provincial government, provides information, education, and dispute resolution services for landlords and tenants. They also have offices in Burnaby and Vancouver.
  • Landlord Registry™, from LandlordBC, is a program for landlords & building/property managers in BC. For a fee, it provides members with fundamental education and best practises in regard to the Residential Tenancy Act.

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Last reviewed May 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors and TRAC
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landlords' responsibilities, renting out your property, becoming a landlord, tenancy agreement, rental agreement