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Disclaimer: The responses and answers appearing in this column are the author’s opinion only. The information is not intended as legal advice and does not constitute legal advice of any kind.

Wm. F. (Rick) Watson, former Administrative Law Judge provides candid and practical on-line answers to landlord-tenant questions. Having judged thousands of landlord-tenant reviews and appeals along with property assessment cases, Rick is a recognized expert and will give his opinion about how the Residential Tenancy Act of BC appears to apply to your situation based on his knowledge of the system, his understanding of the law, and his training and experience in judging similar cases.


Rick is available for consultations and provides property management services to select clients. He is also an entertaining speaker and is available to speak to groups, workshops, seminars and web conferences. Rick can be contacted directly through

For your on-line landlord-tenant question to be answered at there is an up-front fee of $20. This requires a secure on-line donation through PayPal to the African Preschools Society, a Canadian registered charity (BN85888 0149 RR0001) The society does not take any administration or management fees from your $20 donation - 100% of your donation goes to the work of the society. The Society builds and maintains schools and preschools in impoverished rural African villages. Many of these school children were born with the HIV virus and have been orphaned by AIDS. Due to prevailing poverty these children previously did not have access to books, toys, or schooling. So your donation not only gets you a candid answer to your residential tenancy question, but your money goes toward providing preschool and elementary education, nutrition and basic health care to disadvantaged children who would otherwise go without.

For your tenancy question to be answered, you must go to click on 'Donations', click 'Submit Donation', follow the directions, pay on-line, and then submit the PayPal generated donation confirmation number along with your landlord-tenant question through ask_question_form.

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