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If you are planning to rent or have housing related issues, you may be interested in the following resources:
The Tenant Resource Advisory Centre (TRAC) is a non-profit organization that provides easy to understand information to tenants about their rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancy Act. TRAC operates a Tenants' Hot Line that answers renters' questions and provides legal information on issues such as evictions and arbitration hearings. They publish a useful handbook called the "Tenant Survival Guide", and they also have fact sheets in a number of languages on a variety of topics related to landlord tenant issues. For more information call 604-255-0546 or visit their website.
The Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) is a branch of the government of BC's Ministry of Public Health and Solicitor General. The branch provides landlords and tenants with tenancy information and dispute resolution services, as well as information to assist both landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities under British Columbia's Residential Tenancy Act and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act. From the RTB's website you can view and download information and resources such as the "Guide for Landlords and Tenants in British Columbia", official forms such as rent increase forms and tenancy agreements, and copies of the Act. For more information call 604-660-1020 or 1-800 665-8779 or visit their website.
BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCCEAS) has developed a number of booklets for building managers and senior tenants including "Tips for Building Managers" and "A Roof Over My Head - A Guide for Senior Renters in British Columbia". BCCEAS also has an Elder Law Clinic and a Legal Advocacy line called the Seniors Advocacy and Information Line (SAIL). For more information on BCCEAS's resources call 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940 or visit their website.
Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) is a BC Housing program that provides eligible low income seniors with financial assistance to help them pay their rent. For more information on SAFER call BC Housing at 604-433-2218 or visit the SAFER page their website.
Some building managers of certain types of housing join membership organizations. Sometimes you can learn more about certain types of housing by visiting their associations online. Here are just a few membership associations for housing:
The Cooperative Housing Federation of BC Membership association of housing co-operatives and related organizations in BC.
BC Non-Profit Housing Association Membership association of non-profit housing providers
Assisted Living Registrar For assisted living buildings
For more information on the above resources or any other housing related resources please contact our office at 604-520-6621 or .