Before you rent, go to the Tenants BC website so you know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
When you find a place you want to rent you may be asked for an application asking for information such as your employer, and for references. When you rent, your landlord should ask you to sign a tenancy agreement. The tenancy agreement explains what you have agreed about:
You should ask to sign an agreement based on the BC Tenancy Act. You can see a standard format agreement here.
If this is not the agreement you are asked to sign, there are still strict rules about how much deposit and how much notice time you need to give when you move out. A landlord also has to follow the rules.
Be aware! If you are renting and sharing a kitchen and bathroom with the landlord, the landlord does not have to follow these rules.
Before you rent, make sure you know all the above. Read and print this Fact Sheet. It tells you what you should know about renting in British Columbia.
If you are having problems or feel a landlord is treating you unfairly, contact the Residential Tenancy Branch at 1-800-665-8779. You can also contact the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) at 1-800-665-1186 or www.tenants.bc.ca.