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2.1 Introduction

In the first section of the course, you learned how much rent you can afford, plus you identified your rental needs and preferences.  Now, it’s time to start looking for a place. 

Every province in Canada has its own laws regarding landlords and tenants. In BC, the rules about the rights and responsibilities of residential tenants and landlords can be found in the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and Residential Tenancy Regulation (RTR).  Since you are ready to start looking for a place, we will start by looking at which sort of properties are covered by these laws.

Apartments and houses are the most common types of rental properties, but the Residential Tenancy Act can apply to other types of rental accommodation too.  In this section, you will have the chance to learn about the rules that apply to different types of rental units.

We are also going to discuss how to safely search for a rental property, what questions to ask when contacting a landlord, key things to look for when viewing a place for the first time, and how to make a positive impression with a potential landlord.