Governing Legislation and Resources for Landlord and Tenant Law (19:XIX)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by the Law Students' Legal Advice Program on September 7, 2020.



A. Legislation and Regulations[edit]

Residential Tenancy Act, SBC 2002, c 78 [RTA].

Website: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02078_01

Residential Tenancy Regulation, BC Reg 477/2003, [RTR].

Website: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/477_2003

  • The RTA and RTR set out the law of residential tenancies in BC. They will often hold the ultimate answer to questions relating to disputes between landlords and tenants.
  • For the current status of the RTA and RTR, refer to CCH British Columbia Real Estate Law Guide, Robert J. Maguire, Rose H. McConnell, loose-leaf (Toronto, ON: CCH, undated).

Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, SBC 2002, c 77 [MHPTA].

Website: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02077_01

Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Regulation, BC Reg 481/2003

Website: https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/481_2003

The Residential Tenancy Act, SBC 2002, c 78 [RTA] and Residential Tenancy Regulation [RTR], BC Reg 477/2003 as well as the rules of procedure are amended occasionally; check the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) website to get the most up to date information.


B. Resources and Policy Guidelines[edit]

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre Website: https://www.tenants.bc.ca

Provides a variety of publications relating to tenant law, including the Tenant Survival Guide (also available online as a wikibook, via the Clicklaw website: wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca/index.php/Tenant_Survival_Guide)

Residential Tenancy Branch

Main Office

400 - 5021 Kingsway Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4A5

Website: https://www.rto.gov.bc.ca

Office Hours: M-F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Information line:

  • Metro Vancouver 604-660-1020
  • Victoria 250-387-1602
  • Elsewhere in BC 1-800-665-8779

Fax: 604-660-2363

E-mail: HSRTO@gov.bc.ca

Downtown Eastside Satellite Office

Four Corners

390 Main Street (Entrance on Hastings) Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2T1

Office Hours: M-F 12:30 pm - 4:00pm

NOTE: The main office in Burnaby is a full-service office. The Downtown Eastside office is a satellite office and does not handle money. Dispute applications can only be filed there by low-income applicants who are eligible for a fee waiver. Those offices are staffed with information officers.

The RTB website contains forms, legislation and RTB interpretation guidelines, and includes the following useful publications:

Residential Tenancy Branch Dispute Resolution Rules of Procedure

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/housing-and-tenancy/residential-tenancies/rop.pdf

Residential Tenancy Information Sheets

Website: http://bit.ly/1KTmo6l

RTB Policy Guidelines: detailed information on common problem areas; drafted by RTB Arbitrators. Website: https://bit.ly/1ei1NfH

RTB Calculators: Help in calculating rent increases, dates, deposits and more. Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies/calculators-and-resources/calculators

B.C. Housing

Suite 101 - 4555 Kingsway

Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4V8

Website: https://www.bchousing.org

Toll-free: 1-800-257-7756

Information for tenants living in public, subsidized housing.


Landlord BC

Website: www.landlordbc.ca

E-mail: info@landlordbc.ca

Direct: 1-888-330-6707


Vancouver Office:

1210-1095 West Pender Street

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6E 2M6

Telephone: 604-733-9420 Fax: 604-733-9420

Victoria Office:

830B Pembroke Street

Victoria, British Columbia

V8T 1J9

Telephone: 250-382-6324

Fax Local: 250-382-6006

Fax Toll-Free: 1-877-382-6006

C. Books[edit]

Margaret Carter-Pyne, Residential Tenancy Law in British Columbia: Everything you need to know to prevent a disaster (Victoria, BC: Sunnymead Publishing, 2009).

  • A useful resource for tenants in preparing for a hearing.


Allan Wotherspoon, Annotated British Columbia Residential Tenancy Act (Aurora, ON: Canada Law Book, 2005).

  • This is a loose-leaf volume updated once or twice annually.

CCH British Columbia Real Estate Law Guide, Robert J. Maguire, Rose H. McConnell, loose-leaf (Toronto, ON: CCH, undated).

  • A summary of the state of the RTA and RTR.
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