A landlord must:
A tenant must:
A landlord may ask a tenant to pay a security deposit before they move in.
The landlord holds this money until the tenant moves out.
This deposit protects the landlord if the tenant:
A security deposit can't be more than one-half of the first month's rent. For example, if the rent is $400.00 per month, the security deposit can't be more than $200.00.
A landlord must give a tenant a receipt for a security deposit. The receipt must show:
A tenancy agreement is sometimes called a lease. It is an agreement
between a landlord and a tenant to rent.
Some tenancy agreements are in writing, others are oral.
A written tenancy agreement will usually show:
A written tenancy agreement will also show the term of the tenancy. It can be one year, month-to month or week-to-week.
When a tenant doesn't pay their rent, a landlord can give them a notice to move. The landlord can give this notice when the tenant is more than three days late paying the rent.
A notice for non-payment of rent must include:
If the tenant doesn't move or pay the rent, the landlord can ask the Residential
Tenancies Branch to order the tenant to move. This is called an Application for an Order
of Possession. The landlord should call the branch for more information.
The amount of notice needed to end a tenancy agreement depends on whether the agreement is:
If a tenant has an agreement that ends on a certain date, it's called a fixed term
tenancy agreement. Fixed term tenancy agreements are usually for one year. A tenant is
responsible for the rent until the agreement is over.
A tenant who does not have a fixed term agreement is on a periodic tenancy. A rental period can be week - to - week or month - to - month.
When a tenant on a periodic tenancy wants to move, they must give one full rental pay period's notice. A rental pay period usually begins on the day rent is due. It ends the day before the next rent is due. Here is an example:
A tenant rents on a month - to - month basis, from December 1 to December 31. The tenant wants to move on January 31. They must tell the landlord they are moving before December 31.
A rental payment period doesn't have to be a calendar month. For example, it could be from December 15 to January 14. In this case, the tenant must tell the landlord by January 14 that they want to move out on February 14.
Note: There are some reasons that may allow a tenant to end a fixed-term tenancy agreement early. Contact the branch for more information.
The landlord must give the tenant a chance to correct the problem within a reasonable
time. If it's not corrected, the landlord can ask the tenant to move out. The landlord
must give the tenant notice of one rental payment period. A rental payment period could be
one week or one month.
A landlord has the right to give a tenant a shorter notice to move if:
Landlords should call the branch for more information.