The NDP is calling for reforms to the residential tenancy act to combat so-called “demovictions.”
It comes as the housing crisis finds its way into the rental market, with low income tenants being displaced to make way for high value apartment buildings.
NDP Leader John Horgan called for the changes outside an apartment building in Coquitlam which is facing the wrecking ball.
“And the people living in there will have nowhere else to go. This is happening all across the Lower Mainland, affordable housing stock being deteriorated so new housing supply can come on stream. Not of an affordable nature, but rather higher priced units.
Horgan says the act needs to be fixed to see tenants get more protection from development, including timelines for evictions.
The issue has taken centre stage in recent months, most notably with the arrest today of seven anti-demoviction protesters who had been occupying a building in Metrotown.
Housing advocates say hundreds of units of affordable housing have already been lost in that neighbourhood, as Burnaby moves aggressively towards transit-oriented density.
Burnaby is currently considering a new Metrotown community plan that could see dozens of other rental buildings re-zoned for 12-40 storey towers.