The government's Rented Housing Task Force BC has submitted its final report, which it is saying is making the rental system of the province and the province fairer.
"We are pleased to be able to present our recommendations to be considered by the government," said Spencer Chandra Herbert, chairman of the Rent Housing Task Force and the MLA for Vancouver-West End.
Chandra Herbert presented the report to the Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson. "We worked with each other to present balanced recommendations that will make our rental laws better and fairer for all concerned," he said.
After traveling to 11 communities around BC to hear from renters and landlords – as well as stakeholders – the taskforce identified 23 recommendations for possible new or amended legislation or regulations.
Some of these recommendations include:
- Closing the fixed term lease gap and eliminating the geographical rent increase clause;
- Strengthening security for home park tenants who have produced;
- Introduce stronger protection for tenants from renewal or demolition;
- Increase strata fines to prevent unnecessary short term rent activity;
- Giving $ 6.8 million over three years to the Occupancy Tenancy Branch to improve services;
- Introduce rental zones legislation to give local governments the ability to protect and increase the overall rent supply.
In creating these recommendations, Adam Olsen, a member of the Task Force and MLA for Saanich North and the Island, said they "looked carefully at how all recommendations affecting renters and landlords. "
Prior to the final report, the task group released early recommendations. And last September, the province took steps on those recommendations, which included setting up the allowable rent increase to 2.5% in line with inflation, with an exception to allow modest increase where work has done to improve rented property.
The Ministry of Urban Affairs and Housing will review the task force's recommendations over the coming weeks to consider how they could be implemented and discuss the recommendations with key stakeholder organizations.