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Common Questions

What can a landlord ask or require of me before renting?
See the resources below for information on what a landlord can ask of you. For example, a landlord is allowed to ensure that you will be able to pay the rent. However, they are not allowed to discriminate based on your source of income, as long as it is legal. For example, you may receive income from welfare, disability pensions, or student loans.

Some good starting points are:
  • Tenant Survival Guide, by TRAC on the Clicklaw Wikibooks, has a section on What a landlord can ask.
  • Human Rights, by TRAC, has more information on what landlords can ask of you.
  • Privacy Guidance for Landlords and Tenants, by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for BC, explains the kinds of information a landlord can request from a tenant or a prospective tenant.

Need more help?

  • Tenant Info Line, by TRAC, can help with questions on tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities.

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Last reviewed February 2018 by the Clicklaw Editors and TRAC
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