Rental Housing Task Force to visit 10 B.C. communities in June

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Vancouver meeting planned for June 27

The province’s Rental Housing Task Force, headed by Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, will spend June gathering feedback from communities around B.C.

Premier John Horgan announced the task force in early April. It’s tasked with coming up with recommendations on how to modernize B.C. Tenancy Law.

Read more about the Vancouver Tenants Union’s thoughts about the task force HERE.

Read more about LandlordBC’s position about the task force HERE.

The June tour starts in Maple Ridge June 4 and ends in Surrey June 28. A meeting in Vancouver is scheduled between 6 and 9 p.m., June 27, at SFU Wosk Conference Centre.

The focus of the meetings will be on both renters and rental housing providers, according to a May 28 B.C. government press release.

Aside from attending one of the meetings, members of the public can send in written submissions or share ideas online HERE.

The task force will:

  • consult with the public, rental housing providers, renters, manufactured homeowners, manufactured home park owners and other stakeholders on their views and experiences with current tenancy laws and processes
  • identify options to improve security and fairness for both renters and rental housing providers, while addressing the challenges of affordability
  • review existing laws and how they apply to different housing models
  • review innovative approaches in other jurisdictions.

Chandra Herbert says B.C. laws haven’t kept up with the changing housing market.

In Vancouver, rental rates are near zero. Many residents struggle to find an affordable, secure home.

“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,” he said in the release.

For more detailed information about meeting locations and to sign-up to attend go here.

LOCATIONS

Maple Ridge
June 4
Thomas Haney Secondary School (Rotunda)
23000 116 Avenue
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nanaimo
June 6
Christ Community Church Hall
2221 Bowen Road
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kelowna
June 12
Okanagan College — Centre for Learning Atrium
1000 KLO Road
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nelson
June 14
The Front Room
600 – 901 Front Street
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Terrace
June 18
Terrace Sportsplex
3320 Kalum Avenue
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Prince George
June 20
Connaught Youth Centre — Gymnasium
1491 17 Avenue
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Salt Spring Island
June 22
Lions Club — Hard Bradley Hall
103 Bonnet Avenue
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Victoria
June 26
Ambrosia Centre
638 Fisgard Street
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Vancouver
June 27
SFU Wosk Conference Centre
580 W Hastings Street
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Surrey
June 28
Bridgeview Community Centre
11475 126A St, Surrey
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.