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1.1 Introduction

Before getting started with Renting It Right Part 2, you need to ask yourself an important question: “am I covered by BC’s Residential Tenancy Act”?  If you’re not sure, please refer to Renting It Right Part 1.  If you know that you are currently living in, or plan to be living in, rental housing that IS covered by the Residential Tenancy Act, then this course is for you!

In BC, residential tenancy law is overseen by a department of the provincial government called the Residential Tenancy Branch. When tenants and landlords have problems with their tenancies, they can ask the Residential Tenancy Branch to make decisions  through a process called “dispute resolution”.  This is essentially BC’s tenant and landlord court.  You will learn more about dispute resolution later in the course, but first we are going to cover the most important rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

In this first section, we are going to discuss some of the laws that protect tenants’ privacy, safety, and use of their home. We will also consider the rights and responsibilities tenants have to other tenants and their landlord when it comes to limiting disturbances, having guests visit, and changing the locks. All of these rules are associated with an important legal principle called “quiet enjoyment”.

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