News - Tenants' Rights

January 22, 2015
The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), an anti-poverty advocacy organization in Victoria, has filed a petition for judicial review challenging a decision by the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB...
Keywords: Housing, Legal Assistance, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 20, 2014
Tenants from Vancouver’s SROs gathered on October 19 for an SRO Tenants’ Convention at the Japanese Hall in the DTES. With an aim to equip tenants with the skills to tackle issues ranging from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
April 24, 2014
A concerning trend called 'renoviction' is occurring everywhere in the province, from the Downtown Eastside to more rural towns such as Terrace and Kitimat. Renoviction occurs when landlords (legal)...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
Tenant organizer Yutaka Dirks writes that through organizing "tenants can win increased legal protections from eviction, funding for new social housing, and, eventually, the full control of their own...
Keywords: Housing, Organizing, Tenants' Rights, All of Canada
October 11, 2013
A new report by the Community Legal Assistance Society identifies significant and persistent unfairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), the body charged with administering BC’s tenancy laws...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
November 13, 2012
According to an article in The Mainlander, most of the few remaining rights and affordable housing that tenants have in British Columbia were earned by working class activists and renters in the...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
July 19, 2012
Acorn Canada, a community organization made up low and middle income families, is seeking a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. They have written a letter outlining steps they are asking the Minister...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Organizing, Seniors and Elders, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 25, 2011
Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre has a new fact sheet available: “Can my landlord turn off my heat?” View all of TRAC's factsheets here.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 20, 2011
From Pivot: "“Whose problem is it?” It seems that is the eternal question in the debate about Canada’s housing crisis. The federal government maintains that housing is the purview of the provinces....
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
September 19, 2011
In its fifth year, the large turnout for the annual DTES Women's Housing March shows that the movement pushing for better access to safe and affordable housing for women in the neighbourhood, is not...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
September 8, 2011
Recently, Mark Horvath, the blogger/filmmaker behind invisiblepeople.tv, visited Toronto to document the lives of its homeless residents. Mark usually resides in Los Angeles, but he left California...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada, International
August 29, 2011
A coalition of community groups in Toronto has created a website to highlight the issue of housing in the upcoming Ontario provincial election and put pressure on political groups to address it....
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario
August 22, 2011
The City of Vancouver has struggled to force the owners of two Vancouver Single Room Occupancy hotels to clean up their properties and fix the multitude of reported problems. Recently the situation...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
100 Mile House & District Women's Centre has received funding from the Legal Services Society to provide a range of legal services in the 100 Mile House area. More details area available in this...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
The Tyee is running a series on housing issues in Vancouver. The fourth part of this series, by Jackie Wong, was published today and examines the Residential Tenancy Branch arbitration process....
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2011
The City of Vancouver has taken its complaints about the landlords of two Downtown Eastside rooming houses to court. Staff and councillors referred to the owners as slum lords and described problems...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
July 30, 2009
Through the next six months, Tenants in the Lower Mainland are vulnerable to Olympic-related evictions. TRAC and the City of Vancouver have a couple of resources, including the online tenancy...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
March 25, 2009
TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre is an educational charity that provides information about residential tenancy law in BC. They have a newly redesigned website that has information and...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 27, 2008
Two Lower Mainland ridings, Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver-Fariview, are up for a by-election this week after their ridings were vacated by MLAs running in other elections. If you live in either of...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
July 3, 2008
The PIVOT Legal Society has started to hand out Tenant Rights cards (in PDF) to Downtown Eastside tenants. PIVOT hopes the cards can help tenants navigate interactions with landlords but PIVOT warns...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
May 21, 2008
Thanks to lobbying by anti-poverty advocates and activists, the Ontario government has invested $5 million dollars into rent banks to help renters who are facing eviction stay in their homes ("...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario
April 5, 2007
Nunavut Residential Tenancies Act (in PDF)
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, Nunavut
July 5, 2004
Quebec's Liberals suggested that Landlords may have the ability to take welfare checks away from tenants who are benhind on their rent payments. Many people are horrified by this suggestion. Many...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Québec
January 5, 2004
The new Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) came into force on January 1, 2004. The new act is set out in Residential Tenancy Act 1992 (Bill 70), and is amended by Tenancy Statutes Amendment Act 2003 (Bill...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
November 17, 2003
The British Columbia residential tenancy act has passed Third Reading and is scheduled for assent on November 17, 2003. The Status of the bill's Third Reading is available on a complete list of the...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
January 17, 2003
Bill 70, the Residential Tenancy Act, will bring changes for landlords and tenants in British Columbia. Included in the proposed new Bill includes a change to security deposits - allowing landlords...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
June 29, 2002
Ombudsman Asked to investigate Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal concerning the failure of the Tenant Protection Act and the Rules and Procedures of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal to meet...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, Ontario
December 6, 2001
The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) reports, in Challenging Homelessness and Poverty (in RTF), income criteria found to constitute discrimination based on race and age to be...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario
September 20, 2000
A Human Rights Board of Inquiry has found that landlords are not permitted under new regulations to the Ontario Human Rights Code to discriminate against low-income applicants by imposing a minimum "...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, Ontario