The province wants to hear from the more than 1.5 million British Columbians who rent their homes — and the landlords who own the properties they rent.
The province’s Rental Housing Task Force is scheduled totour the province in June, stopping in 10 communities — including Kelowna and Nelson.
“Our laws haven’t kept up with the changing housing market, and that has left both renters and rental housing providers vulnerable,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End, and Rental Housing Task Force chair.
“Modernizing B.C.’s tenancy laws will provide more fairness for everyone, and help to ensure that rental housing providers and renters are able to plan for the future.”
The task force is leading a review to modernize and balance provincial tenancy laws to provide safe, secure and affordable housing, the province says.
The focus will be on both renters and rental housing providers. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on a range of issues of importance to them by attending a regional public meeting, making a written submission and sharing their ideas via an online engagement site.
The task force will take an in-depth look at the issues and challenges facing renters and landlords, as well as owners of manufactured homes and home park operators. It will work throughout the summer to better understand what further changes may be needed to modernize B.C.’s tenancy laws, including:
- Consulting with the public, rental housing providers, renters, manufactured homeowners, manufactured home park owners and other stakeholders on their views and experiences with current tenancy laws and processes;
- Identifying options to improve security and fairness for both renters and rental housing providers, while addressing the challenges of affordability;
- A review of the existing laws and how they apply to different housing models; and
- Reviewing innovative approaches in other jurisdictions.
Community meetings of interest to Osoyoos renters and landlords will be held in Kelowna at Okanagan College’s Centre for Learning Atrium on June 12 between 6 and 9 p.m.
The task force will be in Nelson two evenings later, setting up at The Front Room (901 Front Street) between 6 and 9 p.m.
The Province previously announced it would invest more than $7 billion over 10 years to build “the kind of homes people need,” in every corner of the province: urban, suburban, and rural.
It is also investing $1.1 billion over 10 years to upgrade and improve existing subsidized rental housing and providing $6.8 million in new funding to the Residential Tenancy Branch, to reduce wait times for tenancy disputes, and to establish a new compliance unit to take action against landlords and tenants who are repeat or serious offenders.
Those wanting to comment on BC’s residential tenancy situation can also comment online.