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
In May 2018, the BC
Government made changes to protect Tenants from being renovicted,
a term coined by the media because of it's obvious unpopularity with
Landlord must now serve a Tenant with a
Four Month Notice to End Tenancy (PDF, 2.2MB) when the Landlord
plans to do major construction or major renovations or repairs that
requires the unit to be empty.
Previously, landlords could evict a tenant for those reasons by
giving two months’ notice.
Landlord must choose at least ONE of the reasons he/she is ending the
demolish the rental unit.
perform renovations or repairs that are so extensive that the
rental unit must be vacant.
convert the residential property to strata lots under the Strata
convert the residential property into a not for profit housing
cooperative under the Cooperative Association Act.
convert the rental unit for
use by a caretaker, manager or superintendent of the residential
convert the rental unit to a
has to act 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 renovicted
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 or 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.
SMART LANDLORD TIP
issue a four-month 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