New Protections for Renters and Landlords in Kelowna

New Protections for Renters and Landlords in Kelowna
April 3, 2024

New Protections for Renters and Landlords in Kelowna

The British Columbia government has announced new legislation aimed at improving fairness and stability in the province's rental market. Here's a summary of the key changes that will impact both renters and landlords:

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Protection from Bad-Faith Evictions

  • Increased occupancy period after eviction for personal use: Landlords who evict a tenant for personal use will now be required to live in the unit for twelve months, up from the previous requirement of six months. This aims to prevent landlords from evicting tenants under false pretenses to re-rent the suite at a higher price.
  • Standardized eviction notices: Landlords will be required to use a standardized form when issuing notices of eviction for personal use. This will allow the Residential Tenancy Branch to track such evictions and investigate potential bad-faith evictions more effectively.
  • Ban on personal use evictions in certain buildings: Evictions for personal use will be prohibited in rental buildings with five or more units.

Rent Increase Restrictions

  • No rent increases for adding a child under 19: Landlords will no longer be able to raise rent if a tenant adds a child under the age of 19 to their household. This addresses a loophole that some landlords were exploiting to charge higher rents to families.

Faster Dispute Resolution

  • Increased time to dispute eviction notices: Tenants will now have 30 days, instead of 15, to dispute an eviction notice.
  • Improved Residential Tenancy Branch efficiency: The government is adding staff to the Residential Tenancy Branch to reduce wait times for resolving rental disputes.

Why This Matters

For people renting in Kelowna, these changes mean more security and less worry about sudden rent increases or having to move out unfairly. For landlords, the rules make it clearer on how to manage their properties and deal with issues more efficiently.

We want everyone to know about these changes because understanding them can help make renting a better experience for both landlords and renters.

Things To Remember

A bad-faith eviction occurs when a landlord evicts a tenant under false pretenses. Here are some red flags under the new legislation:

  • Eviction for personal use followed by short-term occupancy by the landlord or close family: Landlords must now live in the unit for twelve months after evicting a tenant for personal use.
  • Eviction notices issued using a non-standardized form: Landlords are required to use a specific web portal to create eviction notices for personal use, allowing easier tracking by authorities.
  • Eviction for personal use in buildings with five or more units: This practice is now entirely prohibited.

Landlords can ensure compliance by:

  • Understanding the new rules: Familiarize yourself with the changes, particularly regarding eviction notices and rent increases.
  • Using the standardized eviction notice form: Always use the government-provided web portal to create eviction notices for personal use.
  • Following legal eviction procedures: Consult a lawyer or tenancy advisor if unsure about the legal grounds for eviction in specific situations.
  • Staying informed: Keep up-to-date with any further changes to the Residential Tenancy Act.


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