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1.1 Introduction

Before we get started with the course content, there are two agencies that you should know about when it comes to renting and your rights.

Since 1984, the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) has educated hundreds of thousands of tenants across British Columbia.  In addition to this online course, TRAC offers a Tenant Infoline, legal education workshops, multilingual resources, and web resources.

The other important tenant resource to know about is the Residential Tenancy Branch, which is the government department in charge of residential tenancy law in BC. The Residential Tenancy Branch provides information about the law and offers dispute resolution for when landlords and tenants cannot resolve problems on their own.  This service is essentially BC’s tenant and landlord court.

In the first section of the course, we are going to help you:

  • understand rental expenses,
  • create a personal budget,
  • identify your rental needs and preferences,  and
  • consider unique requirements

For each section, you can go to individual topics using the links in the column on the right. Or, to view the next video, click the Next button below the video.