What is legal rent increase in BC?
BC Landlord and Tenant Resources - Rent Increases. A Landlord can increase rent each year up to (but not greater than) the percentage equal to the inflation rate. The allowable rent increase for each calendar year is available on the Residential Tenancy Branch's website. For 2019, the allowable rent increase is 2.5%.
Use this calculator to determine when a landlord can increase a tenant's rent and the maximum allowable amount under the law. This tool may only be used for rental that is paid monthly. The maximum allowable rent increase for residential tenancies is 4.0% in 2018, and 2.5% in 2019. There are additional rent increase allowances for manufactured home park tenancies.
Important: Subsidized housing, where rent is directly related to the tenant's income, is not subject to rent increase laws. In these cases, the Residential Tenancy Branch does not have the authority to make decisions on rent increases. Tenants who have questions about rent increases for subsidized housing should discuss it with the housing provider.