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B.C. Residential Tenancy Act Tips: Rent Increases

B.C. Residential Tenancy Act Tips — when can a landlord raise your rent? If you’re relocating to Metro Vancouver from out of B.C., you might notice rules and regulations are a little different here. For example, places like Alberta do not have any rent controls as of yet. But British Columbia does. In this article, we’ll be tackling an important question — when can a landlord raise your rent in B.C.? We hope arming you with knowledge from the B.C. Residential Tenancy Act will allow you to make informed decisions. So before you move into the Metro Vancouver area, we should review some rental tips! So, you’ve just moved in — when can a landlord raise your rent? So let’s say you’ve moved into your new home in Metro Vancouver. A couple of months pass and the landlord says the price of rent is going up. Is this legal? Landlords must wait 12 months after the date the current rent rate was given. This applies even if there is a new landlord or even a new tenant moves in. Landlords must give rent increase notices to tenants three full months in advance. So for example, if notice is served on January 1, the rent increase would begin on May 1. The three full months would be February, March and April. In B.C., rent increase notices must be served in written form. You can find more details here. Be sure to click on the actual rent-increase form on the page and look at the terms and conditions. By how much can a landlord increase my rent? So you’ve told the landlord he’s got...