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
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
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.