Discrimination in housing

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Landlords must follow human rights laws in their dealings with tenants.
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Human rights law helps protect everyone from discrimination in housing. Whether you’re renting, living in a strata, or buying a home, you can’t be treated badly or unfairly because of certain parts of your identity, such as race, sex, or any disability. Learn to identify discrimination, and steps to take if you’re discriminated against in housing.

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This page describes experiences of discrimination. It may bring up difficult or traumatic memories or feelings. 

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Who can help

The BC Human Rights Tribunal lists organizations that can help if you feel you’ve been discriminated against. Below are some of the key ones.

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in September 2022
  • Time to read: 10 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Laura Track, Community Legal Assistance Society

Laura Track

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