If you received a notice that your rent was set to increase on December 1, 2020, don’t pay the increased amount. Continue to pay your current pre-increase rent amount until July 10, 2021.
If your landlord does collect the increased amount between December 1, 2020 to July 10, 2021, you can deduct the additional amount from future rent payments.
Requirements for landlords
Landlords cannot combine 2020 rent increase and 2021 rent increases. The maximum rent increase amount in 2021 cannot exceed 1.4%.
For further details, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies/covid-19