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Can my landlord increase my rent during COVID?

Reviewed by
Nov 4, 2021

he rent increase freeze has been extended to December 31, 2021. Annual rent increase notices with an effective date after March 30, 2020 and before January 1, 2022 are canceled. Do not pay the increased amount.

If your landlord does collect an increased amount between December 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, you can deduct the additional amount from future rent payments.

For 2022, the annual allowable rent increase will be 1.5%. Landlords must provide notice of rent increases no less than three full months before the notice takes effect. You can read more about the requirements of rent increases on the Government of BC website.

See COVID-19 and tenancies and the Ministry for Municipal Affairs and Housing announcement for more information.