Renters have legal rights. In an expensive market with low vacancy rates, such as the Lower Mainland and much of British Columbia, anxiety related to one’s home can be all-consuming. Unfortunately, market conditions provide incentive for landlords to behave improperly and illegally. A residential tenancy lawyer can explain and help you enforce your rights.
Most residential tenancies in British Columbia are covered by the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). This act establishes rights of tenants and responsibilities of landlords. There are numerous protections for tenants.
A common problem for tenants in the Lower Mainland is “renoviction.” A renoviction occurs where a tenant is evicted so that the landlord can renovate the home. The RTA permits renoviction, but only in very specific circumstances, and it is often abused by landlords. For example, a landlord may claim that they are making “major renovations” that require a unit to be empty for an extended period of time, when in actuality, they are only painting or installing new floors. This is not permitted under the law.
Another common occurrence of renoviction is when a home is purchased and the new owner claims that a family member will live in the unit, which can be a legal eviction, but it is then renovated and flipped instead. These actions are illegal and tenants have remedies available. A lawyer knowledgeable in tenancy law can help tenants avoid eviction or obtain compensation for wrongful eviction.
Landlords have many additional obligations under the RTA. Issues that frequently arise, and that a lawyer can assist with, are:
For renoviction and other types of eviction, there are very short and strict timelines for disputing eviction notices. A Spraggs Law lawyer can assist you with completing the appropriate forms and ensure you meet the required deadlines.
We win when our client win. At Spraggs Law, we strive to achieve the best possible results for our clients. We listen to our clients’ needs and craft a legal strategy to help achieve their goals. Our collaborative practice allows us to leverage each other’s strengths and dedicate everyone’s collective knowledge and skill to attaining results for our clients. Team matters.
If you have a problem with your landlord, Spraggs Law can help. Contact us now to explore your legal options.