No. The BC Human Rights Code prohibits landlords from discriminating based on a tenant’s disability.
Landlords have a duty to accommodate a tenant’s disability, up to the point of undue hardship. This means that if a disabled tenant requires part of the building, or a building policy, to be changed in order to use their rental accommodation fully and with dignity, the landlord must comply as long as it does not cause unreasonable hardship. For example, a tenant in a wheelchair might require a ramp to get into the building, or a blind tenant might require brail to be installed in an elevator.
Just because the cost of accommodating a tenant’s disability is expensive, does not necessarily mean that it will cause undue hardship for the landlord. Generally, in order for a landlord to prove that the cost of accommodation would cause undue hardship, they would need to prove that paying for the accommodation would make it difficult for them to continue providing adequate services as a landlord. Accommodating a tenant’s disability could also be considered undue hardship if it would significantly interfere with other tenants in the building.
Yes. There is no provision in the Residential Tenancy Act allowing a tenant to stop paying their rent because of a disability or other personal circumstance, including hospitalization. You are still required to fulfill your requirements as a tenant, regardless of your personal situation.