My next complicated question... We live on 160 acres near Lake, BC. In 2007 we moved into past landlords mobile home

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Customer: Hi Debra, my next complicated question...
We live on 160 acres near Williams Lake, BC. In 2007 we moved into past landlords mobile home with a rental agreement which did not specify a quantity of pets allowed and we paid $500/month. We had horses, sheep, cat, dogs, and later cattle. It was never an issue and we did not pay more for them being on the property. Over the years we did major cleanup and looked after the property and landlords cattle as he was working away a lot. He at some point told us we did not need to pay rent anymore...we were basically working it off.In 2014 we purchased our own older mobile home trailer with landlords approval and removed old trailer. We had a verbal agreement with him that if he needed us to go he would buy us out of the trailer. The trailer frame had bent during the move to the property and we were sure it could never be moved again. Still no rent to be paid.During the wildfires of 2017 our landlord was found dead on his way home. His 3 kids kept the property and us and we kept on looking after things. His cattle were sold so grazing area was available. We worked out a BC Assessment farm lease with them for which we paid $400/ month for a year then $450 the next year then an agreement from there on cost would be $500/month til 2023 when agreement would need to be renewed.In June of 2020 his eldest son verbally informed us they were selling the property but the new owners were happy to keep us and things wouldn’t change much. “New owners has been given the lease information” from the son. Son thought things would carry on like before and new owners just needed a little space for their 4 horses. On Aug 15th new owners took possession and took a big part of our lease area away to use for themselves. New owners told us we could carry on for now but in the new year (2021) things would change. We were never offered, so therefore never signed any rental agreement!March 7/21 landlords came down to our home and handed me a rental agreement and told me if it wasn’t signed by March 31/21 we could find a new place to live. Terms were still $500/ month BUT area we could use was greatly diminished and we could only have 2 horses, 2 dogs... at that price. Any extra animals would cost us more dependant on what type of animal it was. Based on the animals we currently have, if we were to keep them on site we would be paying roughly $1000/ month which doubles our rent.We are thinking of getting extra animals removed from our rented area by the end of March....therefore rent should still be $500/ month. Landlord wants agreement to start March 1st. I have already paid March lease fee of $500.If we sign agreement without changing date to April 1st agreement can he charge us for the extra animals?Can he evict us if we don't sign by March 31st. ( we always pay our rent)
Does he need cause to evict us?How much notice does he need to give us?How much notice do we need to give if we move out? At this point it is probably best to escape lol
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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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I thought that you had a new lease that went until 2023? Isn't that the case?

Customer
we have a BC Assessment Farm lease (done with executor of estate) which was for the whole property not including the Landlords house and yard that goes til 2023. New landlord says that is Null and Void.
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The Farm Classification Lease Form was from Sept 1/ 2018 til Aug 31/ 2023 at $400---$500/month
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If you and the former owner had a lease that went until August 2023 I don't know how they can say that it's void. It is not Nolan void. The lease runs with the land and they're bound by it. You have a bully on your hands and I really think that you need to have a lawyer send them a letter.

What you can do to find a lawyer is one of the following things.

You can contact the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be $25.

The number is:

***-***-**** or 1.***-***-****.

Or you can check on a site called lexpert. This is a legal directory of leading lawyers and law firms throughout Canada and is well-respected by the legal community.

Here's the link to their website:

http://www.lexpert.ca/directory/find-lawyers-or-law-firms/

Does that help as a starting point?

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I contacted BC Assessment just now and they told me the Farm Classification Lease does not carry forward with the new owners. I should have called them first. So back to my questions.
We are thinking of getting extra animals removed from our rented area by the end of March....therefore rent should still be $500/ month. Landlord wants agreement to start March 1st. I have already paid March lease fee of $500.If we sign agreement without changing date to April 1st agreement can he charge us for the extra animals?Can he evict us if we don't sign by March 31st. ( we always pay our rent)
Does he need cause to evict us?How much notice does he need to give us?How much notice do we need to give if we move out? At this point it is probably best to escape lol
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Debra, Expert

If this is a regular residential tenancy they can't evict you without an order for eviction. But apparently there's a special category that I'm not aware of so whether the residential tenancy act would apply or not I don't know.

So you should call the residential tenancy branch tomorrow to ask.

I'm sorry because I am shocked to hear that that the lease you signed with a prior landlord doesn't apply. I think you need a clear answer from the residential tenancy branch which is the governmental branch that should be answering this question.

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You are very welcome.

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