Discussion being led by Spencer Chandra Herbert, Chair, Rental Housing Task Force.
Thank you for visiting B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force online forum. The ideas and information you share here will help to improve the residential housing legislation for renters and rental housing providers, including mobile home park owners and mobile home owners.
Our laws haven’t kept up with the changing housing market and that has left both renters and rental housing providers vulnerable. This is the first full review in 16 years to improve B.C.’s rental housing laws and policies.
One-and-a-half million British Columbians rent. Reviewing tenancy legislation and the work of the Residential Tenancy Branch together will provide a stronger system for all involved. Together we can build greater understanding of everyone’s rights and responsibilities, helping us avoid conflicts in the renter/rental housing provider relationship.
With rental vacancy so low across the province (1.3%), we need to make sure renters have secure housing and rental housing providers have the confidence to make their properties available as rentals helping to increase affordability through availability.
Our government is working hard to make improvements for both renters and rental housing providers to make it more fair and secure. We’ve made some significant improvements in protections for renters and rental housing providers in the past eight months – now it’s time to ask British Columbians about the issues they are still facing and the solutions they propose.
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.
I encourage you to participate and share your ideas with the task force by joining the online conversation or attending a regional community meeting. The information we hear from renters, rental housing providers, organizations and stakeholders will inform the recommendations I take back to Premier Horgan and Minister Robinson.
I would love your feedback on a series of questions that will be presented over the next weeks.
Discussion 1: While most renter-rental housing provider relationships are working well, at times difficult and complex situations can arise between parties to the rental contract. What suggestions do you have, as either a rental housing provider or renter, for how government should build a more fair and balanced system for both parties?