What landlords can and can’t do during state of emergency

Rental questions answered

A moratorium on evictions was put in place March 25 as part of a $5-billion action plan to provide income support, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.

Here are some of the temporary measures:

Landlords CANNOT evict tenants during the pandemic state of emergency for:

  • unpaid rent or utilities
  • landlord or purchaser use
  • end of employment as a caretaker, or end of employment if the rental unit is being rented as a condition of employment
  • demolition, renovation and conversion of a rental unit (or closure of a manufactured home park)
  • failure to qualify for a rental unit in subsidized housing

Landlords CAN evict tenants if the tenant or a person permitted on the residential property has:

  • significantly interfered with or unreasonably disturbed another occupant or the landlord of the residential property
  • seriously jeopardized the health or safety or a lawful right or interest of the landlord or another occupant
  • put the landlord’s property at significant risk
  • engaged in illegal activity that caused or is likely to cause damage to the landlord’s property, has adversely affected or is likely to adversely affect the quiet enjoyment, security, safety or physical well-being of another occupant of the residential property
  • jeopardized a lawful right or interest of another occupant or the landlord
  • caused extraordinary damage to the residential property

Landlords can also evict if the rental unit must be vacated to comply with an order of a municipal, provincial or federal authority, if the rental unit is uninhabitable, or if an unexpected event beyond anyone’s reasonable control makes it impossible to meet the original terms of a tenancy agreement.

– Source: B.C. Residential Tenancy Branch

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