Most residential tenancies in British Columbia are covered by the Residential Tenancy Act (“RTA”). This act governs the rights of tenants and responsibilities of landlords in British Columbia. Our law firm offers services ranging from advising on the RTA and Regulations to full legal representation at hearings before the Residential Tenancy Branch (“RTB”).
The Residential Tenancy Branch:
The RTB is the agency of the British Columbia provincial government responsible for dealing with landlord and tenant issues. The RTB handles money claims that are $35,000.00 or less (as of June 1, 2017). Claims for more than $35,000.00 must be made through the Supreme Court of British Columbia. A dispute resolution is a formal process overseen by the RTB that is similar to a court proceeding. An arbitrator conducts dispute resolution hearings – they’re responsible for:
Decisions are given within 30 days of the hearing date. All decisions are final and binding. An arbitrator may make minor corrections or clarify a decision; however, no one can change the outcome of an original decision – not even an arbitrator. Decisions can only be overturned:
Common reasons why tenants apply for dispute resolution with the RTB:
Common reasons why landlords apply for dispute resolution with the RTB:
To speak with a lawyer relating to any landlord or tenant issues under the RTA, please contact our firm at 604-360-0516.