Questions tagged [british-columbia]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
7
votes
1answer
621 views

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) ...
6
votes
1answer
905 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
242 views

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 ...
6
votes
0answers
87 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
670 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

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? ...
4
votes
2answers
151 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
706 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
82 views

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, ...
3
votes
1answer
153 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
364 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
261 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
796 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
171 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
53 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
74 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
671 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
402 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
137 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
86 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
702 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
119 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
52 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
42 views

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?...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

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.
1
vote
2answers
54 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
98 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
53 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
307 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
476 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
111 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
115 views

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.
1
vote
1answer
238 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

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. ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
266 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
230 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
109 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
323 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

(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 ...