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Tenant rights and relocation assistance due to redevelopment

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Find out how you're protected if your landlord plans to renovate or develop the unit or building you rent.

  1. Your right to sufficient notice
  2. Your right to timely information
  3. Your right to relocation assistance, depending on if your building's rezoning or development application was submitted:
  4. Get help with your rights and relocation assistance
  5. Be an informed tenant

Live in a single room accommodation (SRA) building?

Learn about your rights and relocation assistance by contacting the Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative.

This non-profit advocacy group works to improve living conditions in SROs and prevent evictions due to redevelopment in Vancouver.

Visit dtescollaborative.org External website or email dtes.sro.collab@gmail.com.

Your right to sufficient notice

If your landlord plans to redevelop the building, they can give you a notice to end tenancy only after they have all the necessary permits issued. To check if permits have been issued or are in process, contact our Development and Building Services Centre (see contact below).

The BC Residential Tenancy Act sets out the minimum notice that your landlord must give you to move out, depending on your type of tenancy.

Type of tenancy Notice your landlord must give you to move out
Month-to-month 2-months' notice and 1 month of free rent
Fixed-term lease where you must move out at the end None, only at the end of the fixed term
Fixed-term lease where you can stay past the end 2-months' notice, only at the end of the fixed term or after

Your right to dispute the notice

You can dispute a 2-month notice to end tenancy by applying for dispute resolution at the Residential Tenancy Branch within 15 days of receiving the notice.

If you dispute the notice, an arbitrator will decide whether you must move out and until they decide, the notice is put on hold.

Learn more on the BC Government residential tenancies website External website

Your right to timely information

Stage in the development process What information you can expect
Before your landlord or their agent applies for redevelopment, or shortly after the application is opened Your landlord's intent to redevelop, process (including tenant relocation), and timeline

For some applications (like rezonings, large developments, and ones in the West End), your landlord or their agent may also host a meeting for tenants where you can ask questions

During the application Your landlord's written tenant relocation plan that the City has approved
After all permits are issued Your move-out date with at least 2-months' notice through a notice to end tenancy

Your right to relocation assistance

Relocation assistance for development or rezoning applications submitted on or after February 15, 2016

Based on our Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy PDF file (432 KB) and guidelines PDF file (198 KB), you are entitled to:

  1. Free rent or compensation, based on how long you've been a tenant there:
    Years you've rented the unit Your minimum compensation
    1 up to 5 2-months' rent
    5 up to 10 3-months' rent
    10 up to 20 4-months' rent
    20 and over 6-months' rent
  2. Assistance with your moving costs
    Unit you rent Your minimum compensation
    Studio and one-bedroom $750 or arrangement of insured movers
    Two-bedroom $1,000 or arrangement of insured movers
  3. If you need it, assistance with identifying 3 or more places to move to that are:
    • Leased at no more than the average rents for the area (based on CMHC data). If you have very low income and pay low rent, you may also be offered one option that's within 10% of your current rent.
    • Located in Vancouver with one in your current area
  4. In some cases, your right to return to a unit in the redeveloped building, at a minimum discount of 20% off the unit's new rent.
  5. If you're considered a vulnerable tenant or have a special circumstance, you could be eligible for additional support and compensation.
    • Contact your landlord or their agent as soon as possible, using the contact information provided by your landlord in their communications with you. If you need help contacting them, phone 3-1-1.

Relocation assistance for development or rezoning applications submitted before February 15, 2016

Based on our Rate of Change Guidelines PDF file (90 KB), you are entitled to::

  1. 2 months’ free rent or compensation
  2. Assistance with your moving costs: either $750 or arrangement of insured movers 
  3. If you need it, assistance with identifying 3 or more places to move to that are:
    • Within 10% of your current rent
    • Located in Vancouver, with one option in your current area
  4. In some cases, the right to return to a unit in in the redeveloped building

Get help with your rights and relocation assistance

Contact us, your landlord, or their agent using the contact information provided by your landlord.

If you don't have this information, phone our Development and Building Services Centre (see contact below) and ask to speak with the City development staff assigned to the permits on your building.

Contact the Development and Building Services Centre about building and zoning

Phone
604-873-7611

Location and mailing address
Development and Building Services Centre
Ground floor
515 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm

Free 2-hour parking
West 10th Ave parking lot,
between Cambie and Yukon