General News · 22nd April 2020
I've just spoken with a gentleman at the residential tenancy branch ( 1-800-665-8779 ) who told me that a vacate clause is only enforceable if the lease states the owner will be moving back into the home at the end of the fixed term. This is in general.
During the State of Emergency (Currently set to end April 28th) no one can be forced to leave their home so tenants could refuse to leave at the end of their fixed term... however if you have a lease with a valid vacate clause and you don't move out at the time that you agreed to in your lease, you could be liable for any expenses that causes your landlord, for example if they have to stay in a hotel because you are unable to move out of their home. Tenants are still responsible for paying rent during the time that they remain in the home.
I hope that anyone who does have a Fixed Term Tenancy with a valid vacate clause will be able to come to an agreement with their landlord.