New renters’ protections are now in effect in B.C.

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The B.C. provincial government has enacted amendments to Residential Tenancy Act that aim to compensate renters who face eviction because of renovation or demolitions. Photograph By Tereza Verenca

A series of protections for renters devised by the provincial government has now come into effect.

The B.C. provincial government has enacted amendments to Residential Tenancy Act that aim to compensate renters who face eviction because of renovation or demolitions. These measures include:

– More time to find alternate housing (now four months)
– More time to dispute notice of end of tenancy (now 30 days)
– Increasing compensation for tenants if landlord ends tenancy and doesn’t follow through with plans, or who uses the ‘vacate’ clause to evict a tenant because they intended to use the unit, but then re-rents to someone else (now 12 months’ rent)
– First right of refusal for tenants in multi-unit buildings

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