A Guide for Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia, Revised January 2016

I recommend reading the guide because the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulation does not apply to quite a few things and if the tenant shares bathroom or kitchen facilities with the accommodation’s owner they may not be protected. Click here or on the pdf file to learn more or read an excerpt below.

Residential Tenancy Act and Regulation

British Columbia’s Residential Tenancy Act (the Act) and Regulation apply to:

» Tenancy agreements

» Rental units

» Residential properties

The Act does not apply to:

» Commercial tenancies

» Emergency and transitional housing

» Community care, continuing care and assisted living facilities

» Public or private hospitals

» Accommodation owned or operated by an educational institution

» Accommodation where the tenant shares bathroom or kitchen facilities with the accommodation’s owner

» Accommodation occupied for vacation or travel

» Co-ops or not for profit cooperative housing where the tenant is a member of the cooperative

» Correctional institutions

» Accommodation rented under a tenancy agreement for a term longer than 20 years.

In a mobile home park, many tenants own their manufactured home and only rent the site that it sits on; they are covered under the Manufactured Home Park Act. If a tenant is renting the manufactured home and its site, they are covered under the Residential Tenancy Act.

The Acts and Regulations are available online at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/landlordtenant

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