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In March, the Government of BC made a number of changes to the Residential Tenancy Act to protect renters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two biggest changes were a moratorium on rent increases and evictions.
Landlords are still banned from increasing a tenant’s rent, but the ban on evictions for any reason other than late payment or non-payment of rent has now been lifted.
In a release from the provincial government, it’s been announced that the following tenancy laws are resuming effective immediately:
“The Province is committed to giving people advance notice before lifting the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent at a future date,” said the release.
“A framework will be put in place that will require landlords to work with tenants to repay rent that is owing over a reasonable period of time.”
Landlords still have the ability to restrict access to common spaces, like game rooms, gyms or pools, for COVID-19 health reasons.