BC Just Promised $500/Month To Help With Your Rent During COVID-19

26 Mars, 2020, 16:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rental homes- TLE Property

The supplemental funds will be available through B.C. Housing for the next four months and paid directly to landlords when a tenant can not pay rent.

LeadNow, a Canadian citizens advocacy group, also applauded Horgan's eviction freeze, but said the government's $500 rental supplement doesn't go far enough.

She noted that "on the positive side, we now have 183 people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 in BC".

Most of those in intensive care have been people over 60, she said. "This fund is here to help those people that are in genuine distress", said BC Premier John Horgan. "Our government is taking steps to help take some of the pressure off renters and landlords and protect people's health", said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "I know this is incredibly challenging, particularly when it's our loved one who's in one of these facilities, and I know staff are going out of their way to try to find ways to keep you connected with your loved ones, and we will continue to do that".

In an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, Henry said she has ordered that staff can only work in one long-term care facility. The moratorium on rent increases, which will include any hikes planned for April 1, is in place for four months.

The government announced a supplement of up to $500 a month towards rent on top of federal and provincial financial supports already announced earlier this week.

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Spencer Chandra Herbert, the legislature member for Vancouver-West End, said he consulted tenant and landlord organizations to get input on the needs of landlords and tenants during the pandemic.

"The stress is off the charts right now. We need to give people security". Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson confirmed that the funds are meant to help low- and middle-income renters who have seen a "significant reduction" in income directly related to the spread of COVID-19, be it through reduced hours or layoffs. It is about our neighbours.

"If you can pay your rent, you should pay your rent", he said.

Those measures could include "cohorting" infected patients together, she said, so that a health worker wouldn't need to change equipment after each contact, or re-using equipment that had been safely cleaned.

She suggested that next week would provide a clearer picture of the breadth of the epidemic. It's dependent upon the banks, whether or not they want to do that. However, in exceptional cases where it may be needed to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to the property, landlords will be able to apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for a hearing.

It is also giving landlords the ability to restrict access to common areas in buildings, allowing measures like reducing the numbers of people allowed in laundry rooms or closing games rooms, and to bar visitors.

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