It has been apparent for years that the Residential Tenancy Act leaves renters in BC with an impotent dispute resolution process which offers scant protection from predatory landlords. The stories of abused tenants are legion; however the Liberal government continues to callously ignore their plight at every turn.
The first ever $115,000 administrative penalty against the infamous slumlord family, the Sahotas, has been negotiated away while repairs to the Surrey building connected to that penalty remains unrepaired. Worse still the tenant who fought for repairs, Sue Collard, has been forced out of the building!
Tenant harassment continues unabated in British Columbia, as do rent-evictions and reno-evictions. The scourge of black mold ravages the health of tenants both young and old, and simple repairs remain as difficult to get done as ever.
The ACORN Tenant Union has said “ENOUGH!”, and is calling for comprehensive reforms to the RTA – reforms that would create province wide standards that are enforced by real penalties, and real protection for tenants who seek repairs from retaliatory harassment. Therefore, BC ACORN is converging on Rich Coleman’s constituency office, demanding that the Housing Minister earn his hefty civil servant salary and take action to protect the citizens of BC who are renters.
What: BC ACORN TENANT UNION’S ACTION FOR HEALTHY HOMES.
When: Friday, December 7th, at 1:15 pm
Where: Housing Minister Rich Coleman’s constituency office, #130 – 7888 200th St, Langley.