Rent Repayment Plans and Other Residential Tenancy Updates

Jul 23, 2020

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Norma Miller
Senior Policy Analyst

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With an announcement on July 20, the BC Government is giving landlords and tenants information to help them plan for the near future. The ban on residential evictions for non-payment of rent will be lifted before September 1, which means full rent will be due in September.

Repayment plans

The government has published a repayment framework for residential tenants who have fallen behind in their rent. Here are some highlights of that framework:

  • landlords are required to enter into repayment plans with tenants for unpaid rent and/or utilities,
  • the first installment will be due 30 days from when the landlord presents the repayment plan – probably October 1 for most tenants if landlords deliver repayment plans by August 31,
  • tenants who have fallen behind in their rent will have until July 2021 to pay it back, as long as they make monthly installments (landlords can’t charge late fees),
  • late payments during the emergency period aren’t considered cause for eviction and a tenant can’t be evicted for unpaid rent during the emergency unless they have defaulted on their repayment plan, and
  • landlords and tenants can still negotiate additional terms, as needed.

Other residential tenancy news

The July 20 news release includes these additional important announcements:
• no rent increases can take effect until December 1, 2020, and
• landlords still have the ability to restrict access to common spaces for COVID-19-related health reasons.

More information about COVID-19 and tenancies is available here.

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