British Columbia Sets Deposit Interest for 2015

by Chris on January 5, 2015

The interest rate for security and pet deposits throughout British Columbia will remain at 0.0% for 2015, according to an announcement by the BC Residential Tenancy Branch.

tenant screeningThis interest calculation is set annually. The rate has remained at 0.0% since 2009.

According to the Residential Tenancy Branch, a landlord must calculate the interest owing on the full amount of the tenant’s deposit before any deductions are made.

The interest is calculated from the date the tenant paid the deposit to the date the deposit will be returned to the tenant. Interest compounds on the anniversary of the date the deposit was received by the landlord.

Landlords are required to calculate the interest owing and provide the information to the tenant. Any interest is then paid along with the returned deposit.

To aid with this calculation, the Residential Tenancy Branch provides a deposit interest calculator on its website. This tool can be particularly useful for calculating interest for long term tenancies when the deposit interest rate has varied from year to year.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual legal counsel or consulting your local, state, federal or provincial tenancy laws.

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