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B.C. cracking down on tenancy law-breakers – both renters and landlords

By Joannah Connolly for Business in Vancouver

The Province of British Columbia is cracking down on landlords and renters who break tenancy laws by setting up a compliance and enforcement unit within the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), housing minister Selina Robinson announced at a media conference in Victora May 8.

Responding to findings from the Rental Housing Task Force, the role of the RTB’s enforcement unit will be to conduct investigations into repeat or serious offenders who break tenancy laws or fail to meet their contractual obligations.

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Minister Robinson said, “What the rental housing task force heard from both renters and landlords is that too many people feel there are no repercussions for breaking tenancy law. That’s changing thanks to our new compliance and enforcement unit. When we hear about landlords who send out five, six, seven eviction notices to all their tenants for cosmetic upgrades, those landlords will hear from us. And when we hear about renters who scam landlords out of months of rent and then move on, those renters can expect a call as well.”

Scott McGregor has been appointed director of the enforcement unit, which currently comprises five staff members who have been working together for five weeks so far. The province said that the new team already has 21 active investigations and recently issued its first administrative penalty against a landlord.

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