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Evicting A Tenant in BC

You can take action to evict a Tenant if the Tenant has failed to pay the rent, has caused unreasonable damage, or has bothered you or another Tenant.

You may also evict a Tenant if you or an immediate family member (parent, son or daughter of you or your spouse only) wants to move in, or if you sell the rental unit and the new owner or the owner’s immediate family wants to move in. Read more about selling a rental unit.

If you have the necessary building permits, you can end a tenancy to carry out major renovations or demolish the unit. The Residential Tenancy Branch takes eviction disputes very seriously and so you must make sure you have legal reason to end the tenancy.

Tenants do have the right to dispute a Notice to End Tenancy by applying for dispute resolution if they suspect the notice is not permitted by the Residential Tenancy Act.


If you are buying a rental property, and there are Tenants currently residing in it, you are bound by their existing rental agreement. You cannot make them sign a new agreement with new terms or a new rental amount. However, the Residential Tenancy Guide states: “To raise the rent above the permitted amount, the landlord must have either the tenant’s written agreement or an RTB order.” So for example, if you buy a tenanted property and the current Tenant agrees to pay $50 more per month in order to have new flooring installed, that is permitted providing you get it in writing and have the Tenant sign in agreement.

For details on the procedures for evicting a Tenant, you can phone the Residential Tenancy Office toll-free at 1-800-665-8779 or in the Lower Mainland at 604-660-1020 or Victoria at 250-387-1602.

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