the renter says that the residential tenancy branch said that he did not have to pay rent while this is in dispute
On August 26/2013 I received a Notice of a Dispute Resolution Hearing.
Date and time of hearing Oct 8 2013 at 09:30am. I understand this notice and will comply. The renter said that the office of Housing and Construction Standards Residential Branch at PO Box 9298 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W-9J8 has instructed him not to pay the the rent for Sept/2013. I believe he is making this up. Should I still give him a 10 day notice to vacate because he is refusing to pay the rent for Sept/2013
Thank you Debra; I am a new Land lord and this renter may be smarter than I am about the laws. He started renting on August 1/ 2013 and paid rent of 500 dollars for this month. Within days he has threatened myself with violence on at leased 4 occasions, because of this the renter was given a 1 month notice to End Tenancy For Cause on August 18/2013. The renter then filed a Notice of Dispute on August 26/2013. Now the renter said that the Office where he filed has told him not to pay rent. Should I still give him a 10 day Notice to End Tenancy for unpaid rent. If I do so can this cause me problems.
Hello again Debra. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The new renter started a fire in the back yard of the rental property right in the middle of the grass. This fire was started without any consideration of the damage being done to the grass and no precautions where taken should the fire get out of control. The police had to be called.
To complete our online conversation I have one final question to ask if I may. When renting the property I did make one mistake. The amount of rent was $500 dollars per month and I thought that the damage deposit should also be $500 dollars. The renter agreed to this and signed the rental agreement. He did pay the deposit.
Now after reading over the rental agreement again I understand that I have made a mistake, the damage deposit can only be half of the rent amount. Understanding my mistake I would like to return the $250 that the renter has overpayed. How should I do this to protect myself. Thank You Doug C.
Dehra; Understanding that the renter has already filed a Notice of Dispute Resolution can this mistake cause me grief at the time of the hearing. The last thing that I want is to give this renter any ammunition that he can use against me in the hearing.
Again, Thank You
Debra; I am sorry for asking so much from you. If you can answer the last question I will of course offer a bonus for the answer.