Additional Occupants Added
If a new person moves into your rental unit, your landlord can only raise the rent if your tenancy agreement clearly states that they are allowed to raise rent for additional occupants, and it specifies how much the rent increases for additional occupants. If your tenancy agreement does not include those terms, your landlord cannot raise your rent when an extra person moves in.
Residential Tenancy Branch Permission
Your landlord may raise the rent by more than the allowable annual amount if you give your consent in writing. If you do not give consent, your landlord can apply for dispute resolution at the Residential Tenancy Branch and request approval for an additional rent increase. An arbitrator will make a decision, and will only allow the increase in exceptional circumstances. For example, an arbitrator might allow an additional rent increase if the rent for the unit is significantly lower than the average rent for similar units in the same area, or if the landlord had to make major and unexpected repairs. These additional rent increases are not common, as the landlord must have strong evidence to be granted a rent increase above the allowable annual amount.
If your landlord applies for an additional rent increase, you will be served with a notice of the hearing, and all evidence that your landlord will be presenting. You will have the chance to participate in the hearing, and provide your own evidence countering your landlord’s claims. See the RTB Policy Guideline #37 – Rent Increases for more details.
Some subsidized rental units where the rent is related to the tenant’s income may be exempt from the rent increase rules. If you live in a subsidized rental unit you should speak to your housing provider to learn about the rent increase rules that apply to you. For more information, you can also refer to Section 2 of the Residential Tenancy Regulation.