The BC Human Rights Tribunal is responsible for accepting, screening, mediating, and adjudicating human rights complaints, such as discrimination and harassment. According to the BC Human Rights Code – the law that created the BC Human Rights Tribunal – a landlord cannot refuse to rent to you because of your:
- Indigenous identity
- place of origin;
- marital status;
- family status;
- physical or mental disability;
- sexual orientation;
- age (if 19 or older); or
- lawful source of income.
There are a few exceptions to the protected grounds listed in the BC Human Rights Code. The laws about discrimination may not apply if:
- the rental applicant will be sharing sleeping, bathroom, or cooking facilities with another person;
- the building is designated for adults 55 and older; or
- the unit has the required permits to be designated for people with disabilities.