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B.C.'s rent freeze is expiring on Jan. 1, 2022. Here's what you need to know.

The province enacted the rent freeze at the beginning of the pandemic to support British Columbians who were struggling financially.
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The province's rent freeze is set to expire at the end of 2021, but landlords must give their tenants notice before they increase the monthly cost.

The province's rent freeze is set to expire at the end of 2021, but landlords must give their tenants notice before they increase the monthly cost.

As of Jan. 1, 2022, B.C. landlords may increase rent by a maximum of 1.5 per cent, based on inflation, explains a news release. 

This increase cannot take effect prior to Jan. 1, 2022. If landlords choose to increase rent, they must provide a full three months’ notice to tenants using the correct notice of rent increase form.

The province enacted the rent freeze at the beginning of the pandemic to support British Columbians who were struggling financially.

"The 2022 maximum allowable rent increase is significantly less than what it would have been prior to changes made by the Province in 2018 that limited rent increases to inflation," reads the release. 

Prior to the change, the maximum rent increases could include an additional 2 per cent on top of inflation. 

B.C. landlords may only increase one annually, if they choose to increase rent at all.

In 2021, B.C. banned illegal renovictions (evictions to complete renovations to a property)  by requiring landlords to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for pre-approval before ending a tenancy.

Quick Facts:

  • If  a landlord served a tenant with a notice of rent increase that takes effect in 2021, it is null and void and the tenant does not have to pay it.
  • The maximum allowable rent increase is defined by the 12-month average per cent change in the all-items Consumer Price Index for B.C. ending in July the year prior to the calendar year for which a rent increase takes effect.
    • For example, if a rent increase takes effect in 2022, the maximum allowable rent increase is the 12-month average per cent change in the all-items Consumer Price Index for B.C. ending in July 2021. 
  • The 2022 maximum increase for manufactured home park tenancies will be 1.5%, plus a proportional amount for the change in local government levies and regulated utility fees.
  • The rent increase does not include commercial tenancies, non-profit housing tenancies where rent is geared to income, co-operative housing and some assisted-living facilities.