Residential tenant relocation assistance policy

Our Residential Tenant Relocation Assistance Policy aims to address the needs of tenants displaced as a result of redevelopment.

The policy applies to all rezoning applications that require the demolition of a building or combination of buildings containing five or more rental units, including:

  • purpose-built rental units
  • strata units operating as rental units
  • rental units in single-family homes (with or without secondary suites)

Because residential tenancy falls under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Residential Tenant Act, we can't impose mandatory tenant relocation requirements on landlords. However, we can evaluate a rezoning application based on compliance with our policy, and once a rezoning is approved, secure negotiated assistance measures through a legal agreement.

Download the policy

Submission requirements

We are preparing a set of forms that you will be required to complete or provide to your tenants as part of your detailed planning application if your project includes relocating residential tenants. Once those forms are prepared, we will make them available for download here.

In the meantime, if you are submitting a preliminary or detailed planning application that involves relocating residential tenants, contact to discuss your proposal, and the need for a Residential Tenant Relocation Assistance Plan.

Timeline for compliance

Council approved an updated policy on May 31, 2021, which came into effect immediately.

If you submitted a detailed planning application before May 31, 2021, we will continue to evaluate it under the previous policy (though if you wanted to follow the provisions of the updated policy, we would support this and outline it in any Council report).

If you submitted a detailed planning application on or after May 31, 2021, we will evaluate it for consistency with the updated policy.

The types of assistance specified in the policy

The policy provides guidance on the assistance that landlords are expected to provide tenants who are displaced as a result of redevelopment. Depending on your project, the types of assistance could include: 

  • Relocation assistance — A list of at least three available rental units for each tenant that:
    • have rent no higher than 10% above the tenant's current rent or 10% above current CMHC median rents, whichever is higher
    • have the same number of bedrooms as their existing units
    • are located in the District
    • meet other specific needs or preferences identified by the tenant
  • Financial support —  Four months' free rent and a residency bonus of $35 per month of tenancy
  • Moving expense assistance —  A flat rate payout to arrange moving, with the amount based on your tenant's current unit type
  • Right to return — The first right to rent a purpose-built rental unit in the new development
  • Opportunity to purchase — The right of first refusal to purchase a strata unit in the new development with a 5% purchase price discount
  • Additional assistance — An experienced tenant relocation coordinator to communicate with tenants, help them find alternative housing, and implement the tenant assistance package

Calculating maximum rents for new rentals for displaced tenants

Displaced tenants should be provided with alternative rental options that have rents no more than 10% above the tenant's current rent, or 10% above the most recently published CMHC median rent for Metro Vancouver, whichever is higher.

Here are examples for one- and two-bedroom units:

  Tenant's current rent 10% above tenant's current rent Metro's median rent 10% above Metro's median rent
One bedroom unit $1,300 $1,430 $1,390 $1,529 
Two bedroom unit $2,000 $2,200 $1,650 $1,815

In the one bedroom example, 10% above Metro's median rent ($1,529) is higher than 10% of the tenant's current rent ($1,430), and so you should find units that rent for no more than $1,529 per month.

In the two bedroom example, 10% above the tenant's current rent ($2,200) is higher than 10% of Metro's median rent ($1,815), and so you should find units that rent for no more than $2,200 per month.


Meeting the demand for affordable housing

Our Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy helps guide developers, community members, Council, and staff toward meeting the estimated demand for rental and affordable housing in the District.

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