When a Landlord faces
repairs or renovations in a rental property, the decision to evict an
existing Tenant to conduct the repairs or renovations can be difficult.
Renovating A Tenanted Property
section 49(6) the BC Residential Tenancy Act, Landlords are permitted to
evict a Tenant on two month’s written notice for the purpose of completing
repairs or renovations (use
Two Month Notice to End Tenancy for Landlord's Use of Property).
Because of it's obvious unpopularity
with Tenants, this term has been coined by the media as a reno-viction.
not all repairs or renovations are treated equal. The law requires that
before issuing a
Two Month Notice to End Tenancy,
the Landlord must have all the necessary permits (required by law) to
conduct the repairs or renovations. As well, the Landlord must intend in
good faith to renovate or repair in a manner that requires the suite to be
vacant. The Landlord is also obligated to compensate the reno-victed
Tenant the equivalent of one month’s rent on or before the move out date.
that your Tenant can still dispute this notice if they feel you are
unfairly evicting them, like if they believe you have an ulterior motive.
Also note that
the tenancy branch website states that when possible, renovations should
be done without evicting the Tenant. For example, if the renovations
require the unit to be vacant for a short period, the Tenant could be
relocated and later returned to the unit.
information, please read the
BC Residential Tenancy Guide.
Smart Landlord Tip
issue a notice to end tenancy for the purpose of renovating should expect
to get questioned by their Tenants regarding the nature and scope of the
renovations. Therefore; enclosed with the notice to end tenancy, a
Landlord should include information for the Tenant detailing the
anticipated work and the reasons behind the proposed repairs or
By keeping the
door open for information requests, Landlords can often ward off to future