What is a "tenancy agreement"?
A tenancy agreement is a contract between a landlord and tenant. The BC Residential Tenancy Act and the BC Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act are the laws governing tenancy agreements. A tenancy agreement must be in writing and it must contain terms that outline the rights and responsibilities of both parties, including standard terms that are required under the tenancy laws.
- Guidebook: Residential Tenancy Act - A Guide for Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia(PDF)
- Guidebook: Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act - A Guide for Manufactured Home Park Landlords & Tenants in British Columbia (PDF)
- Policy Guideline 14: Type of Tenancy - Commercial or Residential (PDF)
- Policy Guideline 8: Unconscionable and Material Terms (PDF)
- Policy Guideline 20: Illegal Contracts (PDF)
- Fact Sheet RTB-113: Protecting Against Illegal Activity on a Rental Property (PDF)
Can standard terms be omitted from a tenancy agreement?
No. A landlord is responsible for ensuring that any tenancy agreement entered into or renewed after July 1, 1996, complies in all respects with residential tenancy law including the applicable Regulation. The Regulations state that standard terms, whether included or not in the written tenancy agreement, form part of the agreement.