(i) communications, decisions, injunctions or agreements referred to in Part 5.1 or summaries; 100 (1) Section 23 [State: Commencement of Lease] and 24 [Consequences of An Unfilled Declaration] of this Act do not apply to a lessor or lessee in respect of a lease that commenced before January 1, 2004, except subsection 2. RTA sets the date on which a lessor may issue a termination of a lease agreement and the duration of the notice period. The deadlines for the accommodation rental service for the settlement of disputes are also fixed. Certain deadlines may be extended in exceptional circumstances. See Residual Policy Guide 36: Extending a Time Period, which contains information on the importance of exceptional circumstances. A tenant, resident or lessor may obtain from RTB an order that respects his right to own or occupy the rental unit. A lessor may apply for an order of ownership, whether or not a tenant has contested the termination granted to him. A lessor cannot repossess at the expiration of a rental agreement unless the tenant leaves or has left the unit or (if the tenant remains in possession) unless the lessor receives a property order through a dispute resolution hearing. If an order of ownership is served on a tenant but does not comply with it, a landlord may apply for a notice of ownership from the B.C. Supreme Court (or Registry). This means that a landlord cannot change the locks or lock a tenant without legal assistance. The landlord must receive a property by-law, a deed of ownership and repossess the rental unit by employing an authorized bailiff who changes the locks and removes the tenant. A large number of circumstances can be considered the cause of termination of a lease: 58 (0.1) In this section, “Lessor” includes a buyer within the meaning of section 49 who, pursuant to section 49(5)(c), requests a lessor to terminate a lease of a rental unit.
NOTE: A tenant should never ignore a termination to end the tenancy. If the tenant does not contest the termination within the time limit, the lessor may request a property order. (i) the lessor has entered into a lease agreement that, upon expiry of an existing lease agreement that includes the obligation to evacuate the rental unit, begins with a new tenant for the rental unit, or NOTE: If the lessor fails, within a reasonable time, to use the property for the reason set out in the eviction notice, the lessor must pay the tenant 12 times the monthly rent to be paid after the lease (§ 51 see 2). Use by the owner must last at least six months, starting from a reasonable period of time after the effective date of termination, in order to prevent the owner from simply moving in a relative for one month. The owner can be released for hardness.. . . .