I am writing to you to talk about our government's efforts to protect renters by placing new requirements on the circumstances in which landlords can evict tenants.
Effective September 1, 2017, when a landlord ends a tenancy so that they or a family member can use a rental unit, landlords must:
- Provide one month's rent to the tenant as compensation or offer the tenant another acceptable rental unit.
- Express intent to occupy the unit for at least one year. If the landlord advertises, re-rents or demolishes/converts the unit within one year, the landlord would be deemed to have acted in bad faith unless they can prove otherwise and they can face a fine of up to $25,000.
These new measures will help protect tenants by discouraging landlords from unlawfully evicting them, whether for conversion of the unit into a short-term rental or immediately re-renting at a higher rate.
These changes build on other protections for tenants under the Fair Housing Plan such as the expansion of rent control to all private rental units including those first occupied on or after November 1, 1991.
Enhancing protections for tenants is part of our government's plan to make our society a fairer place for all.
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