There are approximately 1.5 million renters in British Columbia.

The vacancy rate in the province is 1.3%

The vacancy rates for primary rental units and rented condominiums remained below 1% in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna in 2017.

The average cost for rent in B.C. is $1,164.

While most renter-rental housing provider relationships are working well, at times difficult and complex situations can arise.
 
Some common issues of conflict for renters and rental housing providers are regarding:

  • Rent
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Pet restrictions
  • Quiet Enjoyment

 
The task force is taking an in-depth look at the issues presented while engaging with stakeholders and the public to make sure we strike the right balance between rental housing providers and renters.

 
Actions Taken To Date

  • To help renters, the Province will provide $116 million over three years to expand eligibility and increase the average benefits under the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER).
    • Beginning Sept. 1, 2018, more than 35,000 households will benefit from the enhancements, including 3,200 newly eligible seniors and families.
    • The average payment for RAP recipients will go up by approximately $800 a year.
    • The average payment for SAFER recipients will go up by approximately $930 a year.
  • The B.C. government has strengthened protection from unfair rent increases by closing the fixed-term lease loophole and eliminating the geographic rent increase clause: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017MAH0010-001815 and news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017MAH0021-002036
  • The Province is providing $6.8 million in new funding to the Residential Tenancy Branch to reduce wait times for tenancy disputes and to establish a new compliance unit to take action against rental housing providers and renters who are repeat or serious offenders: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557
  • The Province is also investing $1.1 billion over 10 years to upgrade and improve existing affordable rental housing throughout B.C. This investment will fund seismic and fire-safety upgrades and essential repairs and maintenance, making homes safer and more comfortable for residents.