This afternoon, Premier John Horgan and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson announced the government’s plans to review and upgrade the Residential Tenancy Act.
The move is an effort to address security and fairness issues experienced by both tenants and landlords across British Columbia.
To this end, the Premier has announced the creation of a Rental Housing Task Force headed by Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. The team will be connecting with the public and hearing from landlords and tenants to better understand what changes need to be made to the tenancy act.
This is the first time that rental housing laws will be fully reviewed in sixteen years. The findings and recommendations will be presented to Premier Horgan and Selina Robinson in fall 2018.
“We have made many significant improvements to our tenancy laws in the last eight months, but we have more to do,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
“This task force will give British Columbians throughout the province an opportunity to offer their ideas on how our laws can be updated to protect renters and give landlords the confidence to put more homes on the market.”