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You'll have to repay any rent you owe by July 2021, if you pay in monthly installments. Your landlord should give you a repayment plan, and your first payment will be due 30 days after the date of the repayment plan. This is part of the Province's repayment framework.

Please see the Provincial Government's Rent Repayment Plan page for more about rent repayment.

Renters are expected to pay rent in full from September 1, 2020. Landlords will be able to issue evictions if you don't pay your rent from September 1, 2020. You'll have to pay your monthly rent in full.

But for rent that was due between March 18 and August 17, 2020, you have until July 2021 to repay any outstanding rent you owe. Your landlord should give you a repayment plan for the unpaid rent or utilities owed for this period. Please see the Provincial Government's Rent Repayment Plan page for more about rent repayment.

A landlord can issue a Notice to End Tenancy for reasons other than unpaid or late payment of rent.

For resources, see the question: What can I do if I can't afford my rent?

Please see the Provincial Government's COVID-19 and Tenancies page for more questions and answers about evictions.

Try to talk to your landlord to work together regarding reasonable options, including repayment plans if you can't pay your full rent.

Landlords can't evict you during the state of emergency if you don't pay your rent. You should pay your rent if possible, as the law says you must till pay your rent in full and on time. And if you haven't paid your rent, you could be evicted (given a notice to end tenancy) after the state of emergency is over.

The BC Housing's Temporary Rental Supplement has ended. You might be eligible for the Rental Assistance Program or the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) programs, which provide ongoing rental assistance for lower income families and seniors. Please see BC Housing's Rental Assistance page, or call BC Housing at 604-433-2218 or toll-free from anywhere in BC at 1-800-257-7756.

The BC Emergency Benefit for Workers will give eligible BC residents a one-time tax free $1,000 payment. Apply if you're eligible for EI or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will give eligible residents of Canada a taxable benefit of up to $2,000 a month. 

Please see the Provincial Government's COVID-19 and Tenancies page for more questions and answers about rent.

Rent increases are frozen until December 2020. Landlords are allowed to increase rents up to 2.6% in 2020, but any rent increase won't come into effect until December 2020. If you're in subsidized housing and have questions about rent increases after the state of emergency is over, contact your housing provider.

Please see the Provincial Government's COVID-19 and Tenancies page for more questions and answers about rent.

If you've lost income because of COVID-19 and can't afford to pay your mortgage, you may be able to defer (postpone) payments. The most important first step is to talk to your lender. But it's important that you don’t stop making mortgage payments before you confirm with your lender that you qualify.

Deferring your mortgage payments is a short term emergency measure only. And if you are eligible to defer your mortgage, you will have to pay interest on your deferred payments.

Contact your lender and find out what your options are. Find more information on their website instead of calling or visiting.

Try to get the most up-to-date information. Check your lender's website regularly. These other resources might also be useful: