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B.C. brings in repayment plan ahead of lifting eviction ban

Last Updated Jul 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm PST

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A ban on evicting tenants not paying rent in B.C. will be lifted Sept. 1

The province is setting up a repayment framework before the ban ends to help landlords and tenants

Renters have until next summer to pay back money owed in rent

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C. will lift a ban on evicting tenants in less than two months, while bringing in a repayment plant to help landlords and tenants.

The repayment framework announced Thursday is being set up ahead of Sept. 1, when the ban on evictions ends.

It includes extending government supplements, giving renters until next summer to gradually pay back any money owed, and not allowing any rent increases before December.

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Tenants have until July 2021 to repay any outstanding rent, as long as monthly instalments are made starting Oct. 1.

“We know that COVID-19 has touched all aspects of our lives and our economy. As we carefully move forward with restarting the economy, we are taking the same measured approach to tenancy rules and giving people advance notice so they can plan,” said Selina Robinson, minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“These changes will build on the extension of our Temporary Rent Supplement (TRS) program and give renters until next summer to gradually pay back any unpaid rent to help them maintain their housing, while also continuing the ban on rent increases until December.”

In June, landlords in B.C. had urged the province to lift the eviction ban.

Since the state of emergency started in March, the province says about 97 per cent of renters continued to pay rent, with the majority (85 per cent) paying in full, and 12 per cent making partial payments.

As of July 9, 85,000 British Columbians benefitted from the TRS, which is expected to provide more then $150 million in financial support for renters and landlords between from April to August.