B.C.’s new Landlord Registry is hitting the streets in a bid to educate Vancouverites about what it is and how they can use it.
“Tomorrow, the focus is on renters,” says Landlord BC CEO David Hutniak.
Launched last month, the registry allows tenants to screen potential landlords to make sure they know the basics of the Residential Tenancy Act.
Tomorrow, it will host a “pop-up” event at Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street in the West End.
“[The registry isn’t] going to solve all the problems, the land-lord tenant relationship is a complex one. But what this is going to do is give renters increased confidence that the landlord knows their own rights and what the tenants’ rights are,” Hutniak says.
He says more than 30 per cent of B.C. uses rental housing, and in Vancouver, 52 per cent of people are renters.
“For renters, it is extremely simple because all they have to do is go to the registry website and put in the name of a landlord or the company that they are contemplating renting from, or they can even see if their current landlord is in there.”
Hutniak adds since the registry launched mid-January, about 60 people are signing up a day.
The pop-up event goes from noon to 5 p.m.