For people living here permanently, the Whistler Housing Authority (WHA) offers long-term rental and ownership housing opportunities that are much cheaper than houses or apartments on the open market. You can only rent or buy these properties if you are Canadian citizens or landed immigrant (permanent resident), and live and work in Whistler.
To rent or buy you will need to sign up with the Whistler Housing Authority. There is often a waiting list. Check the Whistler Housing Authority website to see how to qualify and other information.
To see what’s available, check out the classified ads in the back of local publications available for free around town or online:
Before you rent, go to the Tenants BC website so you know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
When you rent, your landlord should ask you to sign a tenancy agreement. The tenancy agreement explains what you have agreed for:
You should ask to sign an agreement based on the BC Tenancy Act. There is a standard format agreement.
If you are not asked to sign a BC Tenancy Agreement, there are still strict rules about how much deposit and how much notice time you need to give when you move out. A landlord also has to follow the rules.
Be aware! If you are renting and sharing a kitchen and bathroom with the landlord, the landlord does not have to follow these rules.
Before you rent
Make sure you know all the above. Read and print this Fact Sheet. It tells you what you should know about renting in British Columbia.