Rental Unit Inspection, Vancouver BC

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Condition Inspection of the Rental Unit

Landlords and tenants in British Columbia must complete a condition inspection report of the unit on or before the day the tenant is entitled to possession of the rental unit. Failure to comply with this requirement will affect a landlord or tenant's ability to retain or recover a security deposit.

What your Condition Inspection must contain:

  • correct legal name of the landlord and tenant, address, date of inspection and the date on which the tenant is entitled to move in
  • a statement of the state of repair and general condition of each room as well as storage, basement or crawl space, balcony, patio, yard, garage or parking area
  • a statement of the state of repair and general condition of any floor or window coverings, appliances, furniture, fixtures, electrical outlets
  • a statement identifying any damage or items in need of maintenance or repair
  • if the rental unit is in perfect condition, that also should be noted
  • space for the tenant to provide comments on any item
  • date and signatures of the landlord and tenant

What you should know about Condition Inspections:

  • the landlord must give you a copy of the report within 7 days of the condition inspection being completed
  • the tenant loses the right to the return of a security deposit if the were offered at least two opportunities for the condition inspection and failed to participate
  • you may appoint an agent to act on your behalf to complete a condition inspection report but you must notify the landlord before the inspection takes place
  • the landlord loses the right to claim against a security deposit if they do not offer the tenant at least two opportunities for the condition inspection

What not to overlook:

  • stains, burns on the carpet or hardwood floor (at the beginning of the tenancy the landlord is expected to provide the tenant with clean carpets in a reasonable state of repair)
  • windows and window coverings must be clean and in a reasonable state of repair
  • chipped enamel on sinks and bathtubs
  • cracked toilet
  • cracked window glass
  • photographs are very useful

More on this Subject

   Expert Tenancy Advice

   - Condition Inspection

   Related Forms

   - Condition Inspection Report - RTB-27
   - Notice of Final Opportunity to Schedule a Condition Inspection - RTB-22

   Other Resources

   - British Columbia Tenancy Office - Fact Sheet RTB-115


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