Leases

The rights and responsibilities of a commercial landlords and tenants are govern by the terms of the lease with few restrictions. The Commercial Tenancy Act sets out some the rules regarding commerical leases. For a list of topics that should be covered in a commercial lease, see Commercial Lease Drafting and Commercial Lease Procedure from the Law Society of British Columbia. Any lease which is longer than three years should be registered in the Land Title Office to protect the interests of the tenant.

In a commercial tenancy a landlord can sue a tenant for a breach for rent, damages and possession of the property. If the lease provides for accelerated rent a landlord may sue for the rent for the remainder of the lease. The landlord may also distrain against the assets of the tenant. The rules regarding distress are contained the Commercial Tenancy Act, the Rent Distress Act and various cases. A landlord would be well advised to hire an experienced bailiff to distrain.

The Residential Tenancy Act governs residential tenancies in British Columbia. The rights and responsbilities of landlords and tenants is dealt with by the Residential Tenancy Office. Their website provides information on those rights and obligations and a residential tenancy agreement and condition inspection report. The rights of a landlord for a breach by a tenant in a residential tenancy are dealt with by the Residential Tenancy Act and are covered the Residential Tenancy Office website.