COVID-19: Housing Resources
Support for Renters and Vulnerable Population
On March 25, 2020, the BC Government announced a plan to support renters and landlords during the provincial state of emergency and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The plan includes temporary amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act which will be in effect for the duration of the provincial state of emergency.
- Temporary rent supplement to provide up to $500 per month, paid directly to landlords (application will be made available in early/mid April) at BC Housing.
- Freezing new annual rent increases during the state of emergency (rental increases that would have taken effect on April 1st will no longer be permitted).
- Halting evictions by ensuring a landlord may not issue a new notice to end tenancy for any reason (including non-payment of rent).
- However, in exceptional cases where it may be needed to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to the property, landlords will be able to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for a hearing.
- Preventing landlords from accessing rental units without the consent of the tenant (for example, for showings or routine maintenance), except in exceptional cases.
- Allowing landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-19 (for example, closing games/entertainment rooms).
- Halting the enforcement of existing eviction notices issued by the Residential Tenancy Branch, except in extreme cases where there are safety concerns.
- Restricting methods that renters and landlords can use to serve notices to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 (no personal service and allowing email).
The following are links with additional information on renter resources and supports:
Information for Vulnerable Populations
During the COVID-19 outbreak, vulnerable populations are particularly at risk. The following documents provides information aimed at vulnerable populations:
Fact Sheet for Unsheltered People
Information Sheet: Harm Reduction and Overdose Response
Mailer: COVID-19 & Accessing Income Assistance without coming to an office