VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As some British Columbians worry about making ends meet and paying rent on April 1, the province says help is on the way to ensure people will not be evicted.
With some banks and credit unions taking steps to offer mortgage deferrals to help ease the financial uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. government suggests relief is on the way for renters.
“Many people are worried about how they’re going to make ends meet, put food on the table, and pay rent,” BC Housing Minister Selena Robinson said.
“I want to reassure those who are afraid of losing their homes because they can’t pay their rent, that help is on the way.”
In a press conference Saturday morning, Robinson said it is working on plans to provide financial relief to renters and stop evictions.
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Details on the plan are expected next week, from B.C. Premier John Horgan and Finance Minister Carole James.
“We don’t want anyone evicted during this very difficult time. This is unprecedented, and we are all in this together,” Robinson told reporters.
BC Housing added it is also working with non-profit housing providers around the province to add a moratorium on eviction for non-payment.
“The process of applying for a rent reduction is being streamlined for tenants who have lost income as a result of COVID-19, including changing the rules to remove the requirement for proof that the decrease in income is permanent,” a release reads.