The term “subsidized housing” generally applies to any housing where the government provides monetary assistance to lower the rent. Unless you are a member of a housing cooperative, or “co-op”, subsidized housing is covered by the Residential Tenancy Act. Here are the most common types of subsidized housing:
- Public housing: a government department, BC Housing, manages rental units for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
- Non-profit housing: non-profit organizations receive government money to manage subsidized rental units for tenants throughout the province.
- Rental supplements:
EXEMPTIONS FROM THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY ACT
Tenants who live in non-profit housing are generally covered by the Residential Tenancy Act, but there are a few exceptions:
- Rent increases: Some subsidized rental units where rent is related to income may be exempt from the rent increase rules in the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). If you live in a subsidized rental unit, ask your housing provider about the rent increase rules that apply to you. See section 2 of the Residential Tenancy Regulation (RTR) for more information.
- Sublet and assignment: The sublet and assignment rules in the RTA do not apply to non-profit housing that falls under section 2 of the RTR.
CEASING TO QUALIFY FOR A SUBSIDIZED RENTAL UNIT
Unlike other types of “landlord’s use” evictions, you are not entitled to any compensation if you are given a Two Month Eviction Notice for no longer qualifying for a subsidized rental unit.