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, including details for renters and for owners and developers.

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.