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Home > Information For Tenants > Quiet Enjoyment 

Quiet Enjoyment

What is quiet enjoyment?

You have a right to quiet enjoyment. This means that the landlord should not behave in a way that interferes with your daily use of your home, or allow other tenants or employees to unreasonably disturb you.  If other tenants are being unreasonably noisy late at night, ask your landlord to stop this by writing him a letter.

When can a landlord enter your place?

You have a right to the exclusive possession of your rental unit and reasonable privacy in your home. Your landlord can only enter your place if they provide:

  • 24 hours written notice
  • date, time, and a good reason for entry are listed on the notice
  • 8:00am-9:00pm (unless the tenant otherwise agrees)

There are exceptions to this rule. The simplest example is if your landlord knocks on the door, you have the choice to either let them in or ask for written notice.  Also, in the case of an emergency such as a fire or a flood, your landlord is allowed to enter.

Is my landlord allowed to inspect my place?

Yes, your landlord is allowed to inspect the rental unit once a month as long as you are given proper notice. See section 29 (2) of the Residential Tenancy Act.

Can I throw parties?

You can have guests over and you can have parties, but you must not unreasonably disturb others.  Your landlord has legal obligations to other tenants and occupants to ensure they are not unreasonably disturbed and you are responsible for the conduct of your guests.  If your parties cause problems for others, your landlord could give you an eviction notice.  If you receive an eviction notice for this reason, you have the right to dispute the notice through the Residential Tenancy Branch.  At this hearing, the landlord would have to prove that the party significantly disturbed the landlord or other people.

Can guests stay for awhile?

Yes, your landlord cannot charge you extra rent for guests.  For a more detailed answer, see our page on guests.

More information on quiet enjoyment

For more information on quiet enjoyment — including harassment, changing locks, and dispute resolution for loss of quiet enjoyment — read chapter 7 of our Tenant Survival Guide.

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