Looking Up My Landlord

 


 

The Basics

Landlords are required to include their legal name and an address for service as part of your tenancy agreement. You will need to know this information in order to serve your landlord with certain documents, such as a notice to end your your tenancy or a forwarding address for the return of your security and/or pet damage deposit. If a dispute arises and you need to use the Residential Tenancy Branch’s dispute resolution service, you will need to list your landlord’s legal name on the application, and serve them with the hearing documents. If you know your landlord’s email address or have another way of delivering a letter to them, you may want to make a written request for their contact information. See TRAC’s template letter, Landlord’s Legal Name and Address. If your landlord refuses to give you their legal name and address, you can get this information through a land title search if they are the legal owner of the property.

 


 

Completing a Land Title Search

You can follow these steps to complete a land title search:

  1. Get the property’s nine-digit property identification (PID) number and legal description. You can get this from City Hall, or online on the BC Assessment website. Start typing the address for your rental unit in the search bar, and select it from the drop down list that appears. When you are on the page for your building, select “show property details and recent sales history”. You should see a section that gives your the legal description and PID number.
  2. Once you have the PID number and legal description, you can request a land title certificate from a Land Title Office, or online through MyLTSA.

 

Land Title Offices in BC

You can request a title certificate from a Land Title office in person or by mail at the following locations:

  • New Westminster Land Title Office
    Suite 300 – 88 Sixth Street
    New Westminster, BC V3L 5B3
    604-630-9630 or 1-877-577-LTSA (5872)
  • Kamloops Land Title Office
    Suite 114 – 455 Columbia Street
    Kamloops, BC V2C 6K4
    1-877-577-LTSA (5872) or 604-630-9630
  • Victoria Land Title Office
    Suite 110 – 1321 Blanshard Street
    Victoria, BC V8W 9J3
    1-877-577-LTSA (5872) or 604-630-9630

If you are mailing your request, you’ll need to complete and send the State of Title Certificate Request form, along with payment.

To do a land title search online, you’ll need to first create a MyLTSA account. Once you have an account, you can do a land title search by entering the PID number. The cost for an online search is $10.95, which can be paid online with a Visa or MasterCard.

There are also some service providers that can access land title searches via MyLTSA. These service providers include: lawyers, notaries, land surveyors, and registry agents.

You can read more about conducting a land title search on the BC Land Title & Survey website.