Common Questions

I’m having problems with my neighbours

Many of us have had occasional problems with neighbours. Common problems involve noise, dogs, fences, trees, or secondhand smoke. In most cases, you can try talking to the person causing the problem. They may not be aware of the effect they're having on their neighbours and talking to them may solve the problem. But if that doesn't work, you have other options.

Good starting points include:

  • Neighbour Law, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of problems between neighbours involving noise, untidy premises, dogs, fences, trees and hedges, second-hand smoke, water damage, and trespass.
  • Tenant Survival Guide, from TRAC, includes a chapter on "Privacy & Quiet Enjoyment When Renting."
  • Renting it Right, from TRAC, is an online course that covers quiet enjoyment in a section called "Living in Peace".

Need more help?

  • Tenant Info Line, by TRAC, provides information, referrals and help for tenants dealing with residential tenancy law matters.

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Last reviewed February 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors and TRAC
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