You should pay rent whenever possible and take advantage of all the programs being offered now to assist renters. Currently, however, evictions are not allowed for the non-payment of rent. A landlord can now issue a Notice to End Tenancy for any reason (other than unpaid or late payment rent). A tenant who has not paid rent could face eviction once the state of emergency is over.
NOTE: The BC Government plans to lift the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent ahead of September 1, 2020. Landlords will be able to issue a Notice to End Tenancy for unpaid rent or utilities if the tenant fails to pay full rent September 1, 2020. To assist in repayment, the province has developed a Rent Repayment Plan.
If you were evicted before March 18th, 2020 your eviction still applies and you can either dispute it at the Residential Tenancy Branch, or accept it and move out.
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.