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A. Legislation and Regulations

Residential Tenancy Act, SBC 2002, c 78 [RTA]. Website: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02078_01

Residential Tenancy Regulation, BC Reg 477/2003, [RTR]. Website: http://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: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02077_01

Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Regulation, BC Reg 481/2003 Website: http://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 (http://www.gov.bc.ca/landlordtenant) to get the most up to date information.

B. Resources and Policy Guidelines

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre

Provides a variety of publications relating to tenant law, including the Tenant Survival Guide (also available online as a wikibook, via the Clicklaw website: http://wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca/index.php/Tenant_Survival_Guide) Other print materials are available in the following 19 languages: English, French, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino, Japanese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Oromo, Portuguese, Punjabi, Persian, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese.

Online Website

Residential Tenancy Branch

Main Office

Online Website
Address 400 - 5021 Kingsway

Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4A5
Office Hours: M-F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Information line

Online E-mail: HSRTO@gov.bc.ca
Phone Metro Vancouver 604-660-1020

Victoria 250-387-1602
Elsewhere in BC 1-800-665-8779
Fax: 604-660-2363

Downtown Satellite Office

Address 520 Richards Street

Vancouver, B.C. V6B 3A2
Office Hours: M-F 9:00 am – 11:30 am
(closed on the last Tuesday of every month)


Downtown Eastside Satellite Office

Address 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 Richards Street and Downtown Eastside are satellite offices and do 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 (http://www.gov.bc.ca/landlordtenant) contains forms, legislation and RTB interpretation guidelines, and includes the following useful publications:

Residential Tenancy Branch Dispute Resolution Rules of Procedure Website: http://bit.ly/1Igbqmg

Residential Tenancy Information Sheets Website: http://bit.ly/1KTmo6l

Residential Tenancy Act: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants in British Columbia, (B.C. Office of Housing and Construction Standards, rev. April 2011). The guide is available in English, French, Punjabi, and Chinese Traditional. Website: http://bit.ly/1SixTX7

Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants in British Columbia (BC Office of Housing and Construction Standards, rev. January 2011). This Guide is available in English. Website: http://bit.ly/1SixTX7

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

RTB Calculators: Help in calculating rent increases, dates, deposits and more. Website: http://bit.ly/29tvVCU

B.C. Housing

Information for tenants living in public, subsidized housing.

Online Website
Address Suite 101 - 4555 Kingsway

Burnaby, B.C. V5H 4V8

Phone Toll-free: 1-800-257-7756

Landlord BC

Online Website

E-mail: info@landlordbc.ca

Phone Direct: 1-888-330-6707

Vancouver members (formerly BCAOMA):

Address 203 - 1847 West Broadway

Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1Y6

Phone 604-733-9420

Fax: 604-733-9420

Victoria and province-wide members (formerly ROMS BC):

Address 830B Pembroke Street

Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1J9

Phone 250-382-6324

Fax Local: 250-382-6006
Fax Toll-Free: 1-877-382-6006

C. Books

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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