B.C's laws are stacked against tenants. The RTA is full of loopholes and unnecessary hurdles that make it hard for even the most organized tenants to stand up against shady landlords -- even when the landlords clearly break the law.
We want more than a few of the worst loopholes fixed, we want the RTA amended in a way that will put tenants on an equal footing with landlords.
We want to see the RTA fixed to include:
- Every tenant facing eviction should have a right to a hearing. Unlike many other cities in the U.S and Canada tenants in B.C have to 'opt-in' to dispute resolution. It should be the other way around so unlawfully evicted tenants do not forfeit their rights on a technicality.
- Tenants should have a right to first refusal when evicted for renovations or as a result of a fixed term lease, and landlords should have to pay a relocation fee for all no-fault evictions set to a citywide average of first and last months rent plus a security deposit.
- Increase the penalties for landlords who break the law.
- Follow Ontario's lead and put security deposits in trust with the RTA to make sure all landlords play by the rules.