Should more be done to protect tenants from ‘bad faith’ evictions like ‘demovictions’ who are kicked out to make more money from renovations or tearing down buildings for high-rises?
At least one person thinks so.
Tex Enemark is a former BC deputy minister and public policy consultant who helped draft BC’s Residential Tenancy Act.
He’s calling on the residential industry to require every landlord in the province to be registered to catch repeat offenders.
“If every landlord was registered and evictions that he made were public record, the decision by arbitrators on things were public record, then a whole lots of issues would be sorted out.”
He adds many landlords are also unaware of rental laws and more needs to be done to educate them.
As for suggestions that the province amend the law to make it more difficult to legally evict tenants – he says that would unfairly penalize good landlords who are justly trying to evict bad tenants.
Metro Vancouver’s tight rental market has seen an increase in complaints about illegal evictions.
BC’s Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre says it received 157 calls about unfair evictions in the last year – compared to less than half of that number in the year before.