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5.2 Identifying Problems

Before trying to problem solve, you should be sure that you have a legal problem in the first place.  You may not like that your landlord does monthly inspections, but it’s a legal practice. Always start by learning what the law says about your issue instead of jumping to conclusions on your own. Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities puts you in the driver’s seat – you can avoid problems by following the law, protect yourself by communicating with your landlord about the law, and enforce your legal rights when your landlord is breaking the law.

Renting It Right offers a good overview of residential tenancy law, but you may still need to seek additional resources in the future. The two main places to look are the Residential Tenancy Branch website and TRAC website.

The Residential Tenancy Branch website offers:

The TRAC website offers: