New Residential Tenancy Act in British Columbia

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 to collect extra deposits for keys, access cards and garage door openers, over and above the half-month damage deposit as well as giving landlords the right to decide whether to allow pets and will be permitted to collect an added damage deposit to cover damage that might be caused by pets. Bill 71, the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act covers mobile homes. The Tenants Rights Action Coalition (TRAC) has pointed out some concerns regarding this new legislation. Read Bill 70, Bill 71 and TRAC's critique of the legislation (in PDF) (Link removed - No longer exists).