BC Announces New Enforcement Unit for Residential Tenancy Branch and Education Program on Tenancy Law

In response to recommendations from the Rental Housing Task Force released in December 2018, the BC government has announced a new compliance and enforcement unit within the Residential Tenancy Branch and a new public education program on tenancy law.
Categories: Personal Insurance
May 14th, 2019 | By: CapriCMW

Following recommendations from the Rental Housing Task Force, the Government of BC has announced a new compliance and enforcement unit within the Residential Tenancy Branch, as well as a new public education program on residential tenancy law.

The Rental Housing Task Force was appointed in 2018 to engage the public and provide recommendations for modernizing tenancy law in BC for safe, secure and affordable housing.

The compliance and enforcement unit within the Residential Tenancy Branch will investigate and take action against repeat and serious violations of tenancy law from both tenants and landlords. The unit will not participate in early stages of disputes, but will step in where tenants and landlords are knowingly ignoring tenancy law and Residential Tenancy Branch orders. With five staff members and the authority to impose fines of up to $5,000 per day, the unit is actively investigating over 20 cases and has issued one $5,000 penalty so far against a landlord.

In its engagement process last year, the Rental Housing Task Force found that there was a general lack of awareness on BC's tenancy laws and that many issues between tenants and landlords could be resolved by a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities. The new public education program is intended to address this knowledge gap and will also focus on key issues such as the rules surrounding renovictions and terminating tenancies. 

For more background information and details, please see the official news release by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

CapriCMW provides industry-leading insurance and risk management solutions for property owners, managers, and strata corporations. Contact a CapriCMW Risk Advisor today.

Recent Blog Posts

Employee Benefits / group benefits, pharmacare, medicare
Modernizing Medicare in Canada

Over the years, provinces have been continuing to download costs of prescription drug expenses onto…

Oct 15th, 2019 | By: Steve Hesketh
Business Insurance / kelowna, business interruption, retailer
When Your Downtown Kelowna Community Has Your Back

In the fall of 2018, olive & elle, an independent boutique located in downtown Kelowna, was facing a…

Oct 9th, 2019 | By: Lorraine Miller
Personal Insurance / horse, colic, equine
5 Tips to Protect Your Horse from Fall and Winter Colic

Here are my top five tips from Equine Guelph to prevent colic in your horses during the fall and…

Oct 2nd, 2019 | By: Mike King

Confidence and Freedom

At CapriCMW, we provide personalized insurance and custom risk solutions to give you the confidence and freedom to focus on what matters to you. Talk to an Advisor or get a quote today.

Get a Quote    Or call 1-800-670-1877

Can’t find what you are looking for? Ask us!