Task force report submitted to help renters and landlords in B.C.

Dated: December 14 2018

Views: 80

Task force report submitted to help renters and landlords in B.C.

VICTORIA — A task force has made several recommendations to modernize and improve British Columbia's overheated rental market, in a report that one non-profit group says strikes a balance between the rights of tenants and landlords.

The Housing Ministry says in a news release that the Rental Housing Task Force submitted 23 recommendations, which include ways to deal with so-called renovictions and making renting more secure.

article continues below

The recommendations also address enforcement of rules, laws, penalties, and housing supply.

Adam Olsen, a Green party MLA and task force member, says they wanted to provide recommendations that recognized the need for protections for renters, while giving landlords the ability to make decisions about their properties.

BC Non-Profit Housing Association says the recommendations offer a robust framework for ensuring that tenancy laws and processes in the province are fair for both renters and landlords.

However, Liberal municipal affairs critic Todd Stone says in a statement that there is nothing in the recommendations to increase housing supply, which is one of the fundamental problems facing struggling renters.

The task force travelled to 11 communities around B.C., received more than 430 written submissions and another 1,400 responses to its online survey.

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the province is already seeing improvements in the rental market after steps taken by the government earlier this year.

"This report identifies ways we could further improve the rental housing system that many British Columbians rely on," she says.

The government chopped the annual rent increase that landlords are allowed to charge by two per cent, and as of January the rent hike will be limited to 2.5 per cent per year.

A speculation and vacancy tax was also introduced by the government in October to moderate the overheated housing market and create more homes for renters.

Finance Minister Carole James said then that the aim of the tax is to improve housing affordability for thousands of people, including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who leave the province because they can't find a place to live.

The tax, which passed in the fall session, is calculated at rates of 0.5 per cent, one per cent or two per cent of assessed value of empty homes in core, urban centres, with the highest rate applied to foreign owners and so-called satellite families.

Blog author image

Steven Axford

Steve is a award winning Realtor in Victoria BC, with his listings selling faster and for top dollar! Growing up in Victoria, BC and has always been active in his community. Steve is a Victoria Couga....

Latest Blog Posts

A greater commitment to development required to balance local housing market

October 1, 2021  A total of 761 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this September, 23.1 per cent fewer than the 989 properties sold in September 2020 and 8.4 per cent

Read More

CMHC says annual pace of housing starts in Canada slowed in July

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in July fell compared with June.The national housing agency says the annual pace of starts fell to 272

Read More

Victoria housing inventory continues to decline over summer months

August 3, 2021  A total of 835 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this July, 14.7 per cent fewer than the 979 properties sold in July 2020 and 11.4 per cent fewer than the

Read More

Victoria's $100 million Customs House luxury condominium project nears completion

Three years after touring Victoria’s Customs House mixed-use condominium and retail offering during its interior de-construction, Citified is honoured to be the first media

Read More