Selling A Rental Property
If a tenanted rental property is being sold,
Landlord and Tenant have rights and responsibilities
under the Residential Tenancy Act.
Showing the Property
According to the BC
Residential Tenancy Act (section 29), the
Landlord must have the Tenant’s
agreement or give the Tenant
proper written notice that states the date,
time and reason for entry.
The Tenant must receive the notice at least 24
hours, and not more
than 30 days, before the time of entry. See
Landlord Forms for a
Notice to Enter Premises and how to serve this notice.
It's best if the Landlord can
Tenant with a schedule of viewing times, otherwise, the Landlord will have to
give the Tenant notice each time. Please
note that when proper notice has been given, the Landlord can show the
rental unit even if the Tenant is not home. A Landlord is allowed to enter
the common areas of the property at any time without giving the Tenant
A Landlord must keep in mind
that a Tenant is entitled to reasonable privacy and freedom from
unreasonable disturbance. A notice indicating that showings will take
place daily from 9am to 6pm for a two-week period would be unreasonable.
Selling a Tenanted Residential Property
- RTB Fact Sheet
When a rental unit is sold,
the Tenant does not automatically have to move. If the new Landlord or a
close family member intends to move in, the original Landlord must
serve a Two-Month Notice to End
Tenancy for Landlord’s Use of Property. See “Landlord Gives
Notice to End the Tenancy” under Section 12.9 of the
BC Residential Tenancy Guide.