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Can a BC tenant be evicted during the COVID pandemic?

Reviewed by
Nov 4, 2021

The COVID-19 provincial state of emergency declared under the Emergency Program Act ended at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2021. This means that tenants can now be evicted for any acceptable reason under the Residential Tenancy Act. To read more about the acceptable reasons for eviction, see the Tenant Resource and Advisory Center.

Effective July 10, 2021, all unpaid rents and utilities should be repaid by July 10, 2021, unless the parties agreed to an alternative arrangement to extend payments beyond July 10, 2021. If there are unpaid rent or utilities and there is no repayment plan in place to extend payments, a landlord may issue a 10-day notice to end tenancy for unpaid rent or utilities.

See the Residential Tenancy Branch’s website for up to date information. You can also call the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre’s Info line at 604-255-0546 or 1-800-665-1185 to speak to one of their staff members.