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Rubina Ronci
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12 April 2021
Roommate Agreement British Columbia

It seems that this is a lesson that every tenant in this city learns in the hardest way: get a legal, formal lease, or it`s a question of when (not if) you`ll have problems. I had roommate problems (coke habits, destruction), owner problems (invasion of privacy, “accidental” theft, incorrect eviction attempts), home problems (mould, dilapidation, dangerous electrical work) and all of this could have been addressed if only I had received adequate documentation to bring people to justice. There is no way to evict your horrible roommate, unless you have an official lease and your roommate has a sublease contract. Otherwise, you have no authority over your roommates. This roommate agreement is designed to help people who live together understand and agree on their rights, duties and relationships. It is recommended that all changes to the lease be updated in writing. Disputes between co-tenants: disputes between co-tenants are not covered by the Housing Leasing Act (RTA) and cannot be resolved through the residential rental subsidiary (RTB). A frequent dispute can occur when a roommate arrives too late with his portion of the rent and other roommates are forced to pay the difference to avoid eviction. From a legal point of view, this type of monetary dispute should be settled by the Court of Small Claims, the Civil Resolution Tribunal or the BC Supreme Court. I am basically looking for advice, wisdom, legal advice, etc., that everyone here would know, who is in such a situation. If you need more information, ask and I will post because I am not sure what might be needed because I have never had this situation before with roommates or owners, etc. I think I was very lucky. Living with a roommate has advantages: sharing can reduce your costs, offer camaraderie and offer a sense of security.

At the same time, finding a fake roommate could have a serious impact on your quality of life, so be sure to make your decision with caution. “Common tenants” are tenants who reside in the same rented apartment but have separate tenancy agreements with the landlord. For example, an owner may rent single rooms in a house under separate contracts. In this type of roommate configuration, you are only responsible for your own behavior. If another tenant does not pay their rent on time or decides to move, this will have no legal impact on your tenancy agreement. Landlords and tenants should discuss the inclusion of roommates in the tenancy agreement so that they are aware of the terms of the new agreement. Without obtaining the rental agreement, the roommates have no recourse through the residential rental subsidiary, as there is no contractual relationship between the roommate and the owner. A lessor may include restrictions in an additional tenancy agreement as long as these conditions are not discriminatory or clearly unfair. In practice, you may not be protected by BC`s rent laws, which include a moratorium on most forced evictions. A roommate can act faster to fire you than an owner could. You don`t need to ask the rental office to dislodge yourself.

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