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BC Human Rights Tribunal

Human Rights and Duties in Housing

Human rights in housing depend on whether you are renting, buying property, or own a strata.


Human rights in tenancy

Everyone has the right to be free from discrimination when renting an apartment, house, co-op unit, or other space.

Tenancy discrimination refers to poor treatment based on a personal characteristic regarding renting a space, the terms and conditions of a tenancy, or being evicted.
If the poor treatment is justified, then there is no discrimination.

These are the personal characteristics protected in tenancy:

 

 

Landlords and others have a duty not to discriminate regarding tenancy. This includes a duty to take all reasonable steps to avoid a negative effect based on a personal characteristic. This is called the “duty to accommodate”.

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Human rights and duties regarding the purchase of property

Everyone has the right to be free from discrimination when buying a house, condo or other property.

Discrimination refers to poor treatment when buying property, or regarding the terms or conditions of the purchase, based on a personal characteristic.

If the poor treatment is justified, then there is no discrimination.

These are the personal characteristics protected regarding the purchase of property:

 

 

 

 

Sellers and others have a duty not to discriminate regarding the purchase of property. This includes a duty to take all reasonable steps to avoid a negative effect based on a personal characteristic. This is called the “duty to accommodate”.

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Human rights regarding services provided by Stratas

Everyone has the right to be free from discrimination when seeking access to or when using a public service, facility or accommodation. Stratas provide services to their members.   Examples of services provided by stratas:

Intercom systems, access to the building, rules about flooring, balconies, and window coverings

Discrimination refers to poor treatment regarding a service, based on a personal characteristic.

If the poor treatment is justified, then there is no discrimination.

These are the personal characteristics protected in services:

 
 

 

Stratas and others have a duty not to discriminate regarding the services a strata provides to its owners. This includes a duty to take all reasonable steps to avoid a negative effect based on a personal characteristic. This is called the “duty to accommodate”.

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