Housing and Tenancy (Covid-19)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. This page was last updated by Clicklaw team on May 22, 2020 - 12:33 PM PDT.


This page provides links to online resources dealing with the ways Covid-19 public health directives are affecting the lives of British Columbians.

This list is a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is not intended to give legal advice on your particular legal problem.

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Find information on filing of court documents and applications during the recovery of some court operations here: BC Courts: Court Filings & Procedures






Common Legal Questions

People's Law School: Coronavirus: Your Legal Questions Answered

  • Q&A on your legal rights, written by lawyers in plain language. It includes information on rental assistance, evictions, mortgage assistance, and assistance to vulnerable community members.

Legal Aid BC: Q&A Mortgage and Rent

  • This Q&A style guide answers frequently asked legal questions regarding evictions, rent, mortgages, and rent increases.

Community Legal Assistance Society: FAQ: COVID-19 and BC Government Measures to Help Renters

  • This Q&A style guide answers some frequently asked legal questions regarding topics such as supplementing rent payments, the evictions ban, and the rent freeze.

Justice Education Society: Legal Questions and Answers on COVID-19 - Housing

  • This Q&A style resource includes answers to legal questions concerning rent payment difficulties, evictions, access to rental units, and mortgage assistance.

Office of the Human Rights Commissioner: Frequently Asked Questions

  • This Q&A style guide covers a number of topics including employment, tenancy, and access to residential institutions. Question 13 specifically discusses being unable to pay rent due to financial difficulties caused by the current state of emergency.

Resource Lists

PovNet: COVID-19 Special Resources

  • This list has resources about a variety of legal topics including housing and is being continually updated.

Residential Tenancies

BC Government News Release: Supporting Renters, Landlords during COVID-19

  • This news release gives a straightforward explanation of the supports the provincial government is providing to renters and landlords.

BC Residential Tenancy Branch: Covid-19 and Tenancies

  • Information about changes made to the Residential Tenancy Act that will be in effect for the duration of the provincial state of emergency. Answers to questions related to paying rent and evictions, rent increases, accessing rental units common areas, and serving documents and applying for dispute resolution during the pandemic.

BC Housing: BC-Temporary Rental Supplement Program

BC Housing: Rental Assistance Programs

  • BC Housing has two programs to help renters: the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER). Both of these programs are making temporary changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including adjustments of monthly benefits and the waiving of the 12 month BC Residency requirement for applicants who meet all other eligibility criteria.

BC Housing: Service Updates and Notifications During Covid-19

  • BC HOME Loan - Payment Deferrals
  • Business Suppliers
  • HAFI (Home Adaptions for Independence) - No longer accepting applications
  • Housing Registry - Applications are not being accepted
  • Licensed Residential Builders - Important Updates
  • Temporary changes to the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)

BC Rent Bank: COVID-19

  • Established by Vancity Community Fund, BC Rent Bank is working in partnership with existing rent banks throughout BC to make additional funds available to support those who need access to a temporary loan to supplement their rental payments.

Sources Rent Bank: Our Services

  • The Sources Rent Bank can provide a one-time loan to low-income people in Surrey, White Rock, Langley, and Delta. More information on eligibility and the application form can be found on their website.

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association: Your Rights in a Pandemic

  • BCCLA has created a factsheet to educate tenants about their right to privacy during the state of emergency.

Conflict Resolution

MediateBC: Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service

  • This mediation service is available to those living in close quarters during the pandemic, such as family, friends, roommates, as well as landlords/tenants, cooperative and social housing, conflicts in work from home teams, and neighbours. The intake form is available online and the services are provided on a sliding scale.

Mortgage Payments and Deferrals

Thompson Rivers Faculty of Law: COVAID for Homeowners

  • This website gives you personalized legal information regarding mortgage deferrals for those struggling with making payments due to the pandemic.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation: COVID-19: Understanding Mortgage Payment Deferral

Strata Management, Co-ops and Landlords

LandlordBC: COVID-19: Keeping Landlords Informed

  • This resource has brought together information to help landlords communicate with their tenants and manage their properties during the pandemic.

Co-operative Housing Federation of BC: COVID-19 Pandemic Advice

  • The CHFBC has compiled this plain-language list of resources to give guidance and financial supports to co-ops and their members.

BC Government: COVID-19 Information for Strata Housing

  • This page on the BC Government's website provides information about strata council, owners', and property managers' responsibilities, and cleaning guidelines.
  • also see their compiled list of COVID-19 Links for Strata Housing, including links to posters for strata owners to display, and information from various strata organizations.

Condominium Home Owners Association of BC: COVID-19 Bulletins & Information for Strata Corporations

  • The CHOA has compiled this list of bulletins about how to safely conduct Strata meetings during the pandemic. The list is being updated regularly and links to individual bulletins.

Real Estate

Real Estate Council of BC: COVID-19 Guidance for Real Estate Professional

BC Real Estate Association: COVID-19: Resources for REALTORS

  • This page lists resources to guide real estate boards and realtors operations during the pandemic.

Non-Profits and Transitional Housing

Canadian Network for the Health and Housing of People Experiencing Homelessness: Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

  • This list of resources was compiled to assist facilities, housing services, and other advocates who assist people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

BC Society of Transition Housing: Health & Safety: COVID-19

  • This plain-language page compiles resources for housing and anti-violence advocates.

BC Non-Profit Housing Association: BCNPHA COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update

  • Designed for non-profit housing and service provides, this resource compiles financial supports and governmental aids available.

Women's Shelter Canada: Resources for Shelters and Transition Houses During COVID-19

  • This page for advocates brings together information about federal funding opportunities and other resources available for women's shelters.


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