My ex-landlord preferred to communicate by in person meetings. I began covertly recording our meetings with the microphone on my phone. Only the audio was recorded, not the video. My ex-landlord was unaware he was being recorded.
I am applying to the residential tenancy branch (RTB) with multiple concerns to get money from my ex-landlord. Can I submit the audio recording as evidence? I asked the RTB directly and they said they accept any type of evidence, however to check with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. I contacted them but was given such a bureaucratic answer I couldn't make sense of it (I think it amounted to "we don't give legal advice").
Can I get in trouble for submitting an audio recording of meetings I had with my landlord even if he wasn't aware he was being recorded? On a couple instances other tenants momentarily joined in the meeting but walked away before it was done. Does this make a difference?