CTV: Housing crisis prompts creation of renters union

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June 1 2017 | Megan Devlin

Quoted from the article:

David Eby, longtime opposition housing critic and re-elected NDP MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, says he hopes to follow through on the kinds of rental reform the group is asking for if the NDP forms government.

“Our platform… addresses some of the loopholes in the residential tenancy act,” he told CTV News. “In addition… we really need to build a whole bunch of rental housing so that people aren’t quite so desperate to avoid eviction.”

The NDP promised a renter’s rebate as well as to close the fixed term lease loophole during their campaign. A fixed-term lease is a method that landlords sometimes use to circumvent rent control and raise rents above allowable rates while the same tenant occupies the unit.

Eby said it’s also important that the Residential Tenancy Branch have the resources to enforce the judgements it makes in order to deal with problem landlords.

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