In April 2018, Premier John Horgan appointed a Rental Housing Task Force that will advise on how to improve security and fairness for renters and rental housing providers throughout the province.

The task force is led by Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, who serves as the Premier’s Advisor on Residential Tenancy. Herbert is working alongside MLAs Adam Olsen and Ronna-Rae Leonard on the three-member
task force.

The Rental Housing Task Force’s work includes:

  • Talking to the public, rental housing providers, renters and stakeholders on their views and experiences with current tenancy laws and processes;
  • Speaking with manufactured home park tenants, and owners about improvements to manufactured home park legislation;
  • 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 situations; and
  • A review of innovative approaches in other jurisdictions.

From May 28 to July 6, 2018 at 4pm, the task force invited feedback through an in-person and online public engagement. This feedback has been invaluable.

The task force has expedited recommendations on the annual allowable rent increase. They are finalizing their full report findings and will be making further recommendations to Premier Horgan and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson later in the fall on potential ways to modernize the policies and the laws that govern residential tenancy in B.C.

See early recommendations on British Columbia’s Annual Allowable Rent Increase.