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BC NDP Announces New Tenant Protections, Landlord Group Says Measures Will Hurt Renters in the Long Run

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The BC NDP announced new legislation on April 2nd, 2024, aimed at increasing tenant protections in the province. However, the LandlordBC, a group representing landlords in British Columbia, is critical of the announcement, saying it lacks measures to support landlords and could worsen the housing crisis in the long term.

The new measures include:

  • Prohibiting landlords from charging extra rent for additional occupants who are minors.
  • Increasing the time a landlord must wait before moving into a unit they’ve evicted a tenant from for personal use, from 6 months to 1 year.
  • Banning evictions for personal use in buildings with 5 or more rental units.
  • Requiring landlords to use a web portal to generate notices to end tenancy.

LandlordBC argues that these measures will put financial strain on landlords, especially small landlords, and could incentivize them to leave the rental market. This could lead to a decrease in available rental units, further worsening the housing crisis.

The group is urging the government to take steps to support landlords, such as reducing property taxes and providing financial assistance for retrofits. They believe that such measures would be more beneficial to renters in the long run.

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