No. Even if repairs have not been completed, a tenant must continue to pay all the rent on time and in full. If a tenant stops paying rent, he or she is at risk of being evicted for not paying of rent.
If a tenant has to move out while repairs are being done, rent still has to be paid but the tenant should talk to the landlord about reduced rent for this period. The tenant may also want to talk to the landlord about any extra costs (i.e. accommodation, eating out) that he or she incurs because of having to move out for the repairs. If the landlord agrees to reduce the rent or pay for any of the tenant’s expenses, any such agreement should be in writing and be signed by both the landlord and tenant. Without such an agreement, the tenant should keep paying rent in full.
If the landlord will not voluntarily agree to reduce the rent and the tenant thinks that the landlord has interfered with their right to enjoy living in the property, then the tenant could apply for a rent abatement in Provincial Court or through the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service.
If the property is completely destroyed by a disaster such as fire or flood, it is likely that the lease agreement will be treated as frustrated, which means it is unable to be carried out and the agreement will be over. However, if premises can be repaired, it is likely the contract will be able to continue.