Some B.C. tenants susceptible to being evicted could not comprehend it, says lawyer

Some B.C. tenants at risk of being evicted may not know it, says lawyer

B.C. Landlords seeking to enforce existing eviction orders can now take their orders to court after being banned from renting for months due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

From Thursday, landlords can receive a deed of ownership to remove a tenant's belongings if they are not cleared within the time frame specified in the order.

You can also hand over documents in person and enter a rental suite 24 hours in advance without the tenant's consent. However, they are expected to follow health guidelines, including physical distance, cleaning, and wearing masks if necessary.

However, community legal assistance society attorney Danielle Sabelli says tenants who are now at risk of eviction were not notified until about a week in advance when the government told landlords that they could push the changes through what A new living space leaves little time for security.

Sabelli told early edition moderator Stephen Quinn that there are concerns about whether these changes were effectively communicated to tenants or not.

"There is still concern that many tenants do not know that they can currently be evicted. They may think the moratorium on all evictions still exists," she said on the phone.

B.C. announced that it would provide a $ 500 monthly rent surcharge to those unable to pay rent due to the pandemic and also imposed a moratorium on most of the evictions during that period.

In June, the Ministry of Local Affairs and Housing announced that the landlords could leave the property clearing everything except for the non-payment of rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This also applies if a new owner buys the property and wants to move in, for example, or the tenant endangers the landlord or other tenants or sublet the apartment without permission.

Repayment of the rent

The province said in a statement that it would create a framework in which landlords must work with tenants to repay the rent owed over a reasonable period of time.

Sabelli said that given the concern about the economic impact of the pandemic, the problem of tenants paying back their rent is a long-term problem, if any, at all.

"With an expected second wave [from COVID-19], we really have no idea when the economy can recover," she said, noting that the government should consider renting for those who are not paying the full amount back can afford a lot to avoid mass homelessness.

The Department of Housing and Local Affairs announced in June that it would extend the temporary rental surcharge to late August to help tenants and landlords during the pandemic.

It also said it will notify people in advance of the lifting of the moratorium on non-payment of rent due to COVID-19.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview.

Community Legal Assistance Society lawyer Danielle Sabelli speaks to Stephen Quinn about the end of BC's rental moratorium for those who couldn't pay rent before March 30. 9:48