Rental and renter protection

COVID-19: protecting renters

​​​​​​​Get updates and resources for protecting renters during COVID-19.

Finding rental housing in Vancouver can be a challenge for residents of all income brackets. For lower-income tenants, it's particularly difficult.

That is why Council is actively working to:

  • Advocate for renters and help renters understand their rights
  • Protect the existing supply of rental housing
  • Provide grants to social and co-op housing providers
  • Encourage new market rental housing units

Our goal is the make sure every resident has a safe, suitable home.

Renter Office

Our team is here to help you find the information you need and support you to understand and pursue your rights as a renter.

Protecting renters

How renters are protected during rezoning and development and help for renters.

Single Room Accommodation Bylaw

The SRA Bylaw regulates the alteration, conversion, and demolition of low-cost housing Downtown.

SRA Vacancy Control Policy

The Vacancy Control Policy limits rent increases in SRA-designated buildings between tenancies.

Rental disputes and evictions

The BC government regulates tenancies and arbitrates tenant-landlord relationships.

When challenges arise for renters and landlords, the Provincial Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) guides the resolution of those disagreements.