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Questions tagged [british-columbia]

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

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Small Claims Court vs Civil Resolution Tribunal

My landlord is not giving my damage deposit back. Since I shared some of the living space with them, this falls out of the jurisdiction with the Resedential Tenancy Branch. My question is, which ...
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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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Can Bangladeshi Lawyer practice in UK?

If somebody has no Nationality card of UK, is he practice in UK court, although he has completed BPTC courses.
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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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In BC are landlords obbligated to repair damage to homes?

I have heard conflicting information as to what extent landlord's must make a home livable with maintenance and repairs. I am interested in British Columbia so the Residential Tenancy Act applies. ...
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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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Canada, British Columbia: Unauthorized document destruction by a strata member

The Strata Property Act declares that any records stored by the Strata Council must be made available for inspection by any member of the strata. If the person inspecting the documents takes or ...
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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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I didn't get my portion of the damage deposit back and some other roommates did, and no reason was given

I'm not looking for legal advice and realize people on this site aren't lawyers. I had rented a house with 3 other tenants (aka roommates). We all moved in at the same time. Initially one was going ...
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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 ...
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Must doctors and other medical practicioners give treatments based on science? [closed]

I went to see a counsellor at my university and he said he wanted to do dream interpretation with me. After talking to other doctors and google searching, I found dream interpretation is complete ...
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When can doctors share information without a patient's explicit consent?

I'm curious about patient confidentiality, in non-emergency situations. When and who can a doctor disclose medical information about a patient to, and when do they need consent? At the university I ...
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What is the difference between a “non-for-profit organization” and a “society” in British Columbia, Canada?

Canada has a "Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act" and British Columbia has a "Society Act". I only recently discovered that there was a "Society Act" when reading about name registration. When ...
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Difference between subletting, assigning and subleasing?

When a person signs something agreeing to rent a space for a given amount of time, what's the difference between the person subletting, assigning and subleasing the space? One particular thing I'm ...
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Risks of signing a Non-Compete Clause

I was recently offered my first position as a junior web developer and was simultaneously notified that I would need to sign an NCC. After some research, I'm starting to feel skeptical about the ...
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Landlord refuses to do anything about tenants who do a lot of drugs

If other tenants in a rental home (roommates) are breaking the law and the landlord has been informed but refuses to do anything about it, is the landlord breaking the law or does a tenant (who's not ...
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When can a landlord withhold damage deposit?

What must a landlord do to (legally) withhold some or all of a past tenant's damage deposit (aka security deposit)? I've heard (from the tenancy office) that a landlord cannot arbitrarily withhold the ...
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When moving into a rental home, must a landlord inspect it before requiring damage deposit?

I moved into a shared house. The landlord will be wanting a damage deposit (aka security deposit), though I know for a fact that he hasn't inspected the room after the previous tenant moved out. Is he ...
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If a tenant moves in without a signed lease, must the landlord go through the eviction process to remove them?

I know some landlords don't require tenants to sign anything (no lease). So what is the minimum necessary for a tenant not to be charged with breaking and entering (or unlawfully living in the home) ...