Support for Tenants Facing Eviction

The Province has introduced the amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act to increase rights and compensation for those evicted from homes when they are renovated or demolished.

The amendments will increase:

  • notice requirements for eviction due to demolition or renovation from 2 to 4 months,
  • the time to dispute notice for demolition, conversion, or renovation from 15 to 30 days, and
  • compensation for bad faith evictions, from 2 months rent to 12 months rent.

In addition, tenants of multi-unit buildings who are evicted due to renovation or repair will have right of first refusal, at market rate.

The changes have generally been viewed favourably by renter advocacy groups, although the provision enabling tenants of multi-unit buildings to have right of first refusal has been criticized by some as ineffective because market rents could be unaffordable for returning tenants. More broadly some groups have expressed hope that the announcements are interim measures, citing potential further actions by the recently announced Rental Housing Task Force.

The amendments are being made in conjunction with recently announced changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act.

The changes are broadly consistent with resolutions adopted by members to address renter eviction due to renovations, and recommendations in UBCM’s housing report.

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