As British Columbia has one of the most competitive rental markets, it is common for landlord and tenant issues to arise. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, it is imperative that you understand your rights and responsibilities at the start, during and at the end of a tenancy. We regularly assist rental property owners, rental property managers, landlords and tenants throughout the Lower Mainland navigate the landlord tenant relationship.
Our lawyers offer services ranging from advising on the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulations to full representation before the Residential Tenancy Branch. We recognize the importance of your home and your property, and we strive to achieve efficient and cost-effective results for all our clients.
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, however, renters have legal rights. Unfortunately, current market conditions provide incentive for landlords to sometimes behave improperly and illegally. Our lawyers offer services ranging from advising on the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulations to full representation before the Residential Tenancy Branch. A residential tenancy lawyer can explain and help you enforce your rights.
Under BC’s residential tenancy law, tenants are responsible for:
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.
A Landlord plays many roles during the life of a tenancy. Regardless of how well you screen tenants and how clear your residential tenant agreements are, sometimes issues arise that may not be solved without the assistance of a lawyer.
As a Landlords you are responsible for:
At Spraggs Law, we assist Landlords in navigating the laws and regulations of the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulations and if needed full representation before the Residential Tenancy Branch.
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/tenant, Spraggs Law can help. Contact us now to explore your legal options.