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Temporary rental supplement extended

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:18 PDT, Fri June 19, 2020

Last Updated: 2:55 PDT, Tue July 7, 2020

BC is extending the temporary rental supplement until the end of August.

It will also maintain the moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent, while enabling other notices to end tenancy to resume.

“As we move forward with carefully restarting the economy and look to a new normal, we are taking a similarly phased approach to rental housing,” said Housing Minister Selina Robinson. “We’re recognizing that there are situations where it is safe and reasonable to return to normal processes, but we’re also continuing to protect people who have lost income because of the pandemic from losing their homes.”

People who have already been approved for the program do not need to reapply. They will receive an email asking them to confirm they plan to live at the same address through July and August. New applications will also be accepted until Aug. 31 and will be eligible for a supplement for the month they are received and all subsequent months.

As the province moves forward with BC’s Restart Plan, the ban on evictions for reasons other than unpaid rent will be lifted later this month. Landlords will be able to serve new notices for reasons including landlord/purchaser use, such as where a new owner has purchased a property and intends to move in, and for cause (e.g., where a tenant is putting the landlord or other tenants at risk, or has sublet the apartment without permission). Depending on the type, these will require a notice period of between one and four months.

For information about the temporary rental supplement, including eligibility criteria, visit: http://bchousing.org/bctrs or call 1-877-757-2577.

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