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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

Under 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 form 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

However, 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.

Please note 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. 

For more information, please read the BC Residential Tenancy Guide. 



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Smart Landlord Tip

Landlords who 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 renovations.

By keeping the door open for information requests, Landlords can often ward off to future disputes.

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