"Heat Demand Letter Restricting Essential Service"
Heat Demand Letter (Restricting an Essential Service) Date: Tenant's Name: Tenant's Address: Landlord’s Name: Landlord's Address: Dear , I have now been without heat for days. The weather is getting colder and it is your legal obligation under our tenancy agreement to provide me with the services that are included in the rent. This includes heat which is an essential service. The Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) clearly states that landlords must not terminate or restrict essential services or facilities without an order from the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB). Cutting off an essential service is illegal under section 27 (1) of the RTA and an offence under section 95 (1) (e) of the RTA. Please refer to Policy Guideline 22: Termination or Restriction of a Service or Facility (www.rto.gov.bc.ca/documents/GL22.pdf) for more information. If the heat is not turned on immediately I will be taking legal action through the RTB. In addition to requesting an order that you comply with the RTA, I have the right to ask for compensation, which will be directly related to the length of time it takes to rectify the situation. Thank you, (Signature) Tenant's Name: Always keep a copy of any correspondence you send to your landlord for future reference. It is also beneficial to have someone witness delivery of the letter and sign the copy you keep indicating the date and method of service. This can be used as evidence if you need to pursue further action through a dispute resolution hearing.