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British Columbia (BC) is a province on the west coast of Canada. Vancouver is the largest city within the province.

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Can forwarding address be provided by e-mail for landlord to return security deposit?

If a landlord does not return a tenant's damage deposit in 15 days from the later of the move out date or receiving a forwarding address, tenant may go after him for double. If the forwarding address ...
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If landlord doesn't return damage deposit, must you remind him before starting a case?

Where I live if a landlord doesn't return a damage deposit, the tenant can go after him for double the value. From a pragmatic view, must/should the tenant warn the landlord before the 15 days are up? ...
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My friend lives in an assisted living building and staff are not allowing visitors for him as a punishment. Is it legal?

This is a strange question. I have a friend who lives in an assisted living facility. Most people in it have some sort of mental health problem and need medication. On a number of occasions the staff ...
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In BC residential tenancy is there no longer a fixed term lease where tenant must vacate at end?

To my understanding the new government changed laws so that when a fixed term tenancy comes to an end, it automatically is converted to a month-to-month tenancy. There is no longer the option to have ...
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Am I allowed to point a web camera at a nearby business that continues to make noise to get evidence? [duplicate]

There is a bar across the alley from my home. Even when everything was closed for COVID-19 people would sit on the back deck and make a lot of noise until 4am. I've also noticed lots of trucks coming ...
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What happens if someone simply moves homes and stops responding to a lawsuit?

In a civil proceeding what happens if a defendant changes addresses but does not provide a new one? He stops replying and a default judgement is imminent. Assume that a least one piece of registered ...
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If a company never invoices me, am I obligated to do anything?

I hired a driving school to help me get my driver's license. My test was cancelled due to COVID and my last lesson was about a week before the test. The driving school and testing facility are two ...
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Can an employer charge employee/contractor a processing fee for payment?

I had worked for a company (whether as an employee or contractor is disputed). They would e-transfer me payments and take a small amount off to cover the cost of e-transfer. I told them I never agreed ...
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Can a prospective employer require you to pay to take a test as part of an interview?

I just red this question about having to pay to take a test for an interview. Is it legal? Must an employer reimburse? In general this site says an employer can't charge you a fee to start work.
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Rental agreement - Ending the tenancy clause

I live in Vancouver and rented a room in a shared house from the person who has the lease. I did not have to deal with the house owner ever. The person who has the lease pulled up this agreement ...
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In addition to base pay, what other payment in lieu of benefits must employer provide?

I may be confused about this. In Canada, in addition to the hourly rate, must an employer pay any additional fees, like vacation pay? I know one place I work paid 4% of base rate in lieu of vacation. ...
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What would go into proving you are an employee and not a contractor?

To my understanding, in Canada, an employee is given more protection and entitlements under the law, than a contractor. What would go into proving one is an employee and not a contractor? Would this ...
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Meaning of “costs throughout to” in a court case?

A judge said, "I would therefore dismiss the appeal with costs throughout to the respondent." Excuse my simple post here. I looked for an answer on google, but could not find any. I would like to ...
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Must employer pay extra for entire weekend of working on a holiday or just day?

I sometimes work Sundays. There is a holiday on Monday, it's Thanksgiving. Where I live we get paid extra for working a holiday. Should I get paid extra for working this Sunday? I'm guessing I know ...
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What is a court order? How is it different than a settlement?

I had brought a case against my ex-landlord. One of the claims was he wouldn't return some property of mine. In the settlement agreement, he said he would make available for pickup my property. He did ...
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Must employer give 2 weeks work if work is shift work and employee gave notice

I work for a company that periodically asks employees what their availability is and assigns shifts based on that. The calendar with the shift information is about at it's end and a new one hasn't ...
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When is it ilegal to carry opened alcohol in public?

I heard it's technically illegal to have an alcoholic beverage that is not in the same state it was sold in, in public. Does this mean if a single can of beer is missing from a six pack it is illegal?...
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What is the minimum time an employer must give before cancelling work?

I do sporadic work for a company. I had a shift scheduled for over a month. I messaged my manager the day before asking if there's anything else I needed to know. She told me the shift was cancelled. ...
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What information will be made public by CRT and for how long?

I would like to bring a case to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. I would like to know more about it's privacy. From there Information Access & Privacy Policy it appears the public can access just ...
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How does a lawyer help when taking someone to court for money owed?

I had a landlord who I believe owes me money for several things. The two biggest would be prorated rent and the return of damage deposit. Since I shared a kitchen with this landlord, it is out of the ...
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Who would I report these bylaw infractions my landlord made to?

I am living in a shared house with the lease holder. I suspect the lease holder has broken several laws. He has rented out a storage space as a bedroom. It has no windows or door and I believe this ...
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Can lease holder physically remove my items from home without judges order?

I live in a shared home and pay rent to the lease holder. He doesn't want me to live here anymore. The leaseholder basically said he has the right to kick me out whenever he wants and to remove my ...
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Selling a home co-owned by someone with a severe mental disorder [duplicate]

The question title may be a bit misleading - it's hard to word my issue. Apologies in advance. Background I am 27 and my sister is 23. We stand to inherit a 1500 sq. foot home should anything happen ...
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I don't have a lease and my landlord is threatening to kick me out immediately

This is embarrassing and I realize I should have done things differently. I live in a shared home and pay rent to the lease holder. He doesn't want me to live here anymore and has given me a few days ...
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If work must be paid in Canada, when/how is volunteer work allowed?

This is a bit of a follow up to Is it legal to work without pay - Canada? When is it legal to do something and not get paid (in Canada)? Where I live volunteer work is common (ranging from helping at ...
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Is it possible and how to get all the information on a corporation in Canada, BC

There is a super long story of how we ended up in this situation (in fact too long to describe here), but at the end of the day, one of the contractors who started doing renovations in our apartment ...
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Can the Resedential Tennancy Act be included in situations where it wouldn't normally apply?

The Residential Tenancy Act list situations when it would naturally apply and when it would not. From http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02078_01#section2 What this Act does ...
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How to prove landlord didn't return damage deposit within required time

According to the Residential Tenancy Act a landlord must return the damage deposit within 15 days time. Isn't it easy for a landlord to not do this but pretend he had tried? For example what if the ...
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If the Residential Tenancy Act does not apply, what does?

In BC, the RTA stipulates laws regarding rental homes. However, it does not apply under certain circumstances, such as when the tenant shares the kitchen or bathroom with a home owner. My question is, ...
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If landlord insists/pressures tenant to move out early should mutual agreement to end tenancy be signed?

I know this is a bit of a strange question. I have a fixed term tenancy agreement and the lease is not up yet. However, the landlady really doesn't like me and has made it very unpleasant for me to ...
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Landlord never asked for key back, now saying he will deduct from damage deposit cost of changing locks

I lived in a shared house but had my own individual lease. I moved out last month. The landlord knew when I was moving out and I sent him a message confirming I had moved out and provided my new ...
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In BC can landlords charge to renew a lease?

My lease doesn't end for over a month but my landlord is pressuring me into making a decision regarding renewal already. It's too soon for me to make a decision and he said if I decide late there's a $...
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Can a landlord enter common rooms, in a house that is leased individually room by room, without notice?

I live in a large house shared with several roommates. We each have our own lease with the landlord. The landlord has been letting himself into the house frequently with no explanation. I was under ...
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Recover fees associated with car being impounded

In British Columbia, there is an excessive speeding law where you get a ticket and your car is automatically impounded for 7 days. If you dispute the ticket and win, you do not pay the ticket but you ...
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Who should pay damages when a person gets injured in two car crashes in two weeks?

I was at fault in a minor car accident and the other driver was already injured (after another crash, 1-2 weeks before my accident). Who is responsible for paying the hospital costs of the other ...
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When does a landlord-tenant relationship form?

When specifically is a landlord-tenant relationship formed? I know in some provinces a house is sold at the very moment the buyer shakes hands with the seller (though this is hard to prove, hence the ...
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Landlord arguing we were a subletters and don't have rights as tennants

I'm guessing I know the answer to this but someone told me it doesn't work this way. I'm renting a shared house. I have an individual lease with the people who told me they were the landlord, and I ...
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Can a landlord confiscate and charge me for removal of my bbq?

I live in a shared house, with my landlord in the basement suite. I brought home a propane barbecue and the following day I noticed it was missing from the back yard. I looked around a bit and noticed ...
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Does having medical marjuana card override non-smoking?

If someone has a medical marijuana card, can they smoke in areas that don't allow smoking (for example inside restaurants or at work)? I'm curious about Vancouver, BC in particular.
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How long does employer have to pay after job is done?

I had worked 2 weeks for at an event through a temp staffing agency. The last day of work was April 2nd. A week latter I submitted my invoice. I still haven’t gotten paid. How long does an employer ...
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When can a contract override the law?

Where I live, the law requires employers to pay overtime if more than 8 hours of work are in a shift. Some employers get around this and I'm wondering how? Their contract just states "there is no over ...
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How long must a landlord give notice when a tenant got a pet without permission?

I heard this story and found it interesting. A tenant got a dog. The landlord found out and gave the tenants 10 days to move out. Is this legal? From the relevant legislation it says it is possible ...
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How enforceable would a non-disparagement agreement be if one party has left the country?

The 2 parties in a dispute lived in British Columbia, Canada. It was an employment discrimination case. As part of the settlement, both the employer and employee singed an mutual non-disparagement ...
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Does the property manager sign the lease (and any addendums) with the tenants or must the real landlord?

When a landlord uses a property management company to take care of a rental (including things such as collecting rent and doing repairs) does the property manager sign the lease with the tenants or ...
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(BC, Canada) Is a contract still enforceable with relation to a new foreign buyer's tax?

I live near Toronto, Canada, and the foreign buyer's 15% tax passed last week in British Columbia (only applicable to Vancouver) is generating very heated debate. Its effectiveness aside, I believe ...
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When do the police get involved and when do they have power to resolve a (non-violent) situation?

I had moved out of shared house with roommates and now live in another shared house with other roommates. Today a police officer came to the door asking to speak to me. The conversation started off ...
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Can employer sue if confidential information is unintentionally leaked because they never said what was considered confidential?

I had worked in a large company, though in a very entry level. There was a great deal of bureaucracy and politics. Management was very adamant about keeping confidential information safe and securely ...
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In Canada, does any claim less than $25,000 have to be made within 2 years of the offense?

In the province of BC small claims court hears claims of up to $25000. A plaintiff has two years to file a claim from when the incident occurred. Does this mean for things less than $25000 a potential ...
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I already signed a lease that may violate the BC Landlord Tenant Act. What are my options?

My husband and I live in Vancouver, British Colombia. When renewal time for our lease came up my landlord, of 2 years, increased our rent by 7.5%. He said that the was forced to by the bank. My ...
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Co-tenant entered my bedroom; how can I prove someone else unlocked my door?

I'm not looking for legal advice! I live in a shared house. There are 4 other people. We each have our own lease. Tonight I came home and noticed my bedroom door had been opened, even though I'm sure ...