Know your rights and responsibilities.

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Paying Rent

You must pay your rent on time and in full. If you are late paying your rent, your landlord can serve you with a notice of eviction one day after your rent is due. If you pay all rent that is due within 10 days of this notice, the notice becomes void.

This is not a grace period. If you are regularly late paying your rent, your landlord can apply to the Director of Residential Rental Property to end your rental agreement. If the Director rules in favour of your landlord, you will be evicted even if you pay the rent owed.

See Evictions for more information. 

Late Rent Charges

Some leases or rental agreements include a clause about late rent payments. If it is specifically written into your lease or agreement, your landlord can charge you a maximum penalty of 1% of your monthly rent. For example, if your rent is $1,000 per month, your landlord can charge you a $10 late fee. 

If late fees are not mentioned in your rental agreement, you cannot be charged late fees. If your landlord says you must pay a late fee even if it is not mentioned in your agreement, or if the late fee is more than 1% of your monthly rent, you may want to get guidance from the Office of the Director of Residential Rental Property.

If you do not have enough money in your bank account when your landlord deposits your rent cheque, they could be charged a fee by their bank. This fee is called an NSF fee or non-sufficient funds fee. If your landlord has been charged an NSF fee, they can get you to pay them back. This is in addition to the 1% late fee.