Rental Housing Task Force Update
As previously advised, Premier John Horgan announced the formation of a Rental Housing Task Force for the purposes of reviewing the B.C. Residential Tenancy Act. This is intended to be a broad-based consultative process led by a task force of three MLAs including Chair, MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. The final report with recommendations is to be presented to the Premier and Municipal Affairs & Housing Minister Selina Robinson by November 2018. LandlordBC had been informed in advance of the Government’s intention to strike this task force and our role as key stakeholder and contributor was confirmed at that time of the task force announcement. The task force will be seeking input from all interested British Columbians. LandlordBC met with Minister Robinson and MLA Chandra Herbert on April 24th to discuss the task force logistics, which we will share with you now as they are known to this point.
The plan is to have the consultative process done by the end of June 2018, which is quite an aggressive timeline. This will then allow the task force to work over the summer to analyze the results, conduct additional research in regard to what other jurisdictions are doing, and then prepare the report for presentation to the Premier/Housing Minister by November 2018. The task force will begin with a direct meeting with LandlordBC in advance of the broader consultative process. This meeting will take place mid-May, at which time we will present our initial recommendations regarding the Residential Tenancy Act and use this opportunity to pro-act to potential legislative changes that we expect tenant advocates to propose. LandlordBC is largely prepared for the initial consultative meeting with the task force, however, we will be working to finalize our presentation to ensure that it is robust. The LandlordBC Board is intimately involved with this process.
The task force will then run a series of community meetings (12 meetings anticipated around the province) where interested parties will be able to present their concerns and recommendations in regard to the Residential Tenancy Act. There will be some limits/guidelines concerning participation in these regional sessions; these have yet to be finalized. The locations have not been finalized either. The intention is to allow fair access to all stakeholders. As we learn more about this part of the process, we will continue to advise our members. Finally, there will be a web portal where all interested parties will be able to offer their input. Again, details will follow as they have not been finalized by the task force.
It is anticipated that LandlordBC will have an opportunity to review the proposed recommendations before the task force submits them to the Premier/Housing Minister.
LandlordBC will be publishing a position paper for all our members and the broader rental housing industry in the coming weeks, in advance of the regional meetings and web portal access, so that owners and managers of rental housing can advance a shared message to the task force. Furthermore, LandlordBC will seek to engage other stakeholders and industry sectors who have a direct interest in a healthy rental housing industry and a legislative environment that allows our industry to provide safe, secure, sustainable rental housing. This is not the time to discourage participation in our industry and, in particular, the development of new rental housing. The rental housing crisis is directly attributable to the shortage of supply.
Please watch for further e-newsletter updates in the coming days and weeks.