A Landlord can take action to
evict you if you have failed to pay the rent, or if you have caused
unreasonable damage, or have bothered (significantly interfered with) the
Landlord or another Tenant.
A Landlord may also evict you
if he/she or an immediate family member wants to move
If your Landlord plans to sell
the unit you are renting and the new owner or the owner’s immediate family
wants to move in, your tenancy may end.
If the Landlord wants to do
major renovations to the degree that no one can live there while renos are
taking place, and if the Landlord has the necessary building permits,
he/she can also end your tenancy.
The Residential Tenancy Branch
takes eviction disputes very seriously and so a Landlord must make sure
he/she has legal reason to end the tenancy.
Tenants 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 the rental property you are
living in is sold and the Landlord decides to keep you on as a tenant, the
new Landlord is bound by your
existing rental agreement. The new Landlord cannot make you sign a new agreement with
new terms or a new rental amount. That said, 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 agree to
pay $50 more per month in order to have new flooring installed, that is
permitted. It is always best to have these types of side agreements
put it in writing.
If you have questions about
eviction, 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.
More information for
'Immediate Family Members' include:
The Landlord's parent, son or
daughter, or the Landlord's spouse.
Cousins, nieces and nephews
are NOT immediate family members.