Residential Tenancies Act: legislative changes

Overview of legislation changes to the Residential Tenancies Act that impact landlords and tenants. Changes came into effect 18 October 2018.

Legislative changes to the Residential Tenancies Act cover when a new owner wants to occupy the unit, changing a tenancy (lease) and converting a mediated settlement into an Order of the Director (decision). Changes came into effect 18 October 2018.

Change Details
New owner to occupy unit When a landlord sells a rental property that has 4 units or less and the new owner wants to occupy the unit, the landlord may give the current tenants Notice to Quit.
New owner to occupy unit A tenant who receives a Notice to Quit may end the tenancy (lease) at any time before the date specified in the notice.
Change a lease Tenants may now choose to change a year-to-year tenancy (lease) to a month-to-month tenancy (lease). Tenants give written notice to the landlord at least 3 months before to the anniversary date of the tenancy (lease). The notice needs to include:
  • date
  • tenant’s name
  • address of the unit
  • anniversary date the change becomes effective
Convert a mediated settlement into an Order of the Director If a landlord or tenant defaults on a mediated settlement, the terms of the agreement can be turned into an Order of the Director. To do so, the other party:

Questions about the changes

Residential Tenancies can answer questions about the changes to the act and regulations.

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