Tenant Rights

As we are in a state of emergency, the provincial government has amended the Residential Tenancy Act to support tenants and landlords during the crisis. Supports and measures are in place to help you stay safely at home, doing your part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

During the current state of emergency, most evictions are not allowed unless there are exceptional circumstances, as decided by the Residential Tenancy Branch.

This resource from the provincial government covers many of the concerns you may have as a tenant or landlord, including:

  • Paying rent
  • Temporary rent supplement
  • Rent increases (will not be in effect until after the state of emergency ends)
  • Access to rental units and common areas
  • Evictions
  • Legal questions about what landlords and tenants can and cannot do

Landlordbc.ca has compiled this list of resources to help landlords protect their property without compromising the rights or health of their tenants.

The Vancouver Tenants Union has a renter’s toolkit, with resources to open a dialogue with landlords, processes to dispute an eviction notice, and COVID-19–related information.


Stay safe, observe the best practices, and help Canada overcome this pandemic.