A landlord may charge a tenant a number of different fees under the Residential Tenancy Act. The Act also prohibits landlords from charging certain fees, and limits the amount that a tenant can be charged for some fees. It is important to know whether a fee is legal or not when deciding how to deal with a landlord who is trying to charge a fee.
Late payment of rent
Your landlord may charge you a non-refundable fee of up to $25 for late payment of rent, but only if there is a term allowing for this in your tenancy agreement. Always read your tenancy agreement carefully before signing so you know what terms are included.
New, replacement and additional keys
Your landlord may charge a non-refundable fee for replacing a key that you lost, or for providing an additional key at your request. The fee may not be more than the cost of replacing the key.
Your landlord may also charge you a refundable fee if they decide to provide you with any keys in addition to the key that provides your sole means of access to the residential property.
If your landlord decides to change your locks, or you have made a request to change the locks at the start of the tenancy, your landlord is not allowed to charge you a fee for the new keys.
If you pay rent by cheque and do not have sufficient funds in your account when your landlord tries to deposit it, your bank will usually charge a fee to your landlord. If this happens, your landlord is allowed to require you to pay a non-refundable fee of up to $25, but only if there is a term allowing for this in your tenancy agreement.
Your landlord may charge you a non-refundable fee of up to $15 or 3% (whichever is higher) of your rent if you move to a new unit within the same property, but only if you request the move, and if there is a term allowing for this in your tenancy agreement.
If you rent a unit in a strata building, the strata corporation may charge a move-in or move-out fee. Your landlord may require you to pay this non-refundable fee.
You may have to pay a fine if you do not follow the strata bylaws or rules, and you may be required to pay move-in and move-out fees to the strata council.