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Now you can terminate a rental lease agreement due to violence by ANYONE as of May 20, 2020




There are time when you can't wait to hire a lawyer in order to get some justice. You need a quick solution if you are a victim to family violence.


As of May 30, 2020, as one of the changes resulting out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Residential Tenancy Act has changed their laws so that you can break a rental lease agreement in order to escape violence from anyone - your spouse, the neighbor, the landlord, or anyone else that you have in contact with. This provides you with the ability to break a fixed term lease and not get penalized for it. Prior to this change, the Residential Tenancy Act only allowed you to break a lease if you were a victim of violence by another family member.


More specifically, this applies to any “occupant violence” was added to s 45.1 of the Residential Tenancy Act. Which is either anyone that is on the lease or not but living in the rental unit.


If you are worried about more than just your lease agreement, and need an urgent protection order because you fear a family member (or someone that lives with your family member), feel free to call SiLaw Group at (778) 381-9977 and we can provide you with the direction that you need.


Don't worry, the first 30 minutes is free and you can book directly online here.


See Bill M206-2019 amending the Residential Tenancy Act (“Tenancy Act”) here.




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