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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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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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What kind of contract should one have when living in home shared with lease holder?

Where I live the following setup is becoming increasingly popular: Someone signs a lease with the homeowner. There are several bedrooms available in the home. The leaseholder has roommates live with ...
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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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Can employer require a different uniform/dress code frequently?

I do work where I go into different stores to promote various products. Normally they hire contractors to do this but the agency I'm working for right now has me as an employee. Depending on the ...
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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 ...
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Lease switches to month-to-month after a certain date, how can landlord end tenancy?

This is the lease I'm using for an example. If the landlord checked that it's for a fixed time and then checked at the end it switches to month to month, what must the landlord go through if they want ...
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Are restaurants required to have a bathroom available?

In a restaurant: If they have a bathroom, must they let paying or unpaying customers use it? Can they deny use to people who have not bought anything? There's a McDonald's that does not allow use of ...
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In a rental, can a landlord remove a person from the lease and return their deposit?

In a rental home, the landlord had everyone sign the same lease agreement. Out of the original 5 tenants, one assigned their room and was returned their damage deposit from the landlord. Another ...
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What is the meaning of this condition for who the act applies to?

In the BC residential tenancy act, it states This Act does not apply to... living accommodation in which the tenant shares bathroom or kitchen facilities with the owner of that accommodation ...
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Landlord illegally copied drivers licences; already going to court, what should I ask for?

I'm not looking for personalized advice and I'm not looking for legal advice. Where I live it's illegal for a landlord to copy the tenants drivers license. A landlord may not collect, copy or use ...
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What are consequences for defendant failing to meet orders of civil court?

I read that a civil court judge may order that a defendant, for example, pay damages; or, another example, provide particulars relevant to the pre-trial pleadings. But what if they don't comply? ...
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Is it legal to film yourself putting something in a mail slot? [duplicate]

I need to serve someone papers, and I need to be able to prove that I served them. It is an acceptable method to drop them off at their homes mail box, but then if contested I wouldn't be able to ...
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Are gated communities legal in Canada?

Wikipedia states: (link) Neighbourhoods with "physical" or explicit gating with security checkpoints and patrols are extremely rare, being absent in some of Canada's richest neighbourhoods such ...
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Serving evidence to ex-landlord and being able to prove it

I am trying to save money as I don't have much to spare. I need to serve the landlord with any documents that I serve the court. Typically this is done through registered mail, but this is expensive ...
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If a lease is scanned with the landlords signature on it, is it valid?

I intend to move into a rental home and the landlord filled out the lease and signed it, then scanned it and emailed it to me. Is the lease valid? Does it become valid as soon as I print it and sign ...