The provincial government will bring in legislation later this month to increase compensation for owners of manufactured homes if they are forced to move because of redevelopment.
Premier John Horgan says rising land values and redevelopment have created uncertainty for homeowners without adequate protection when faced with eviction.
His government is proposing changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act to create fairness for tenants when landlords choose to close or convert a park.
The proposed amendments will assist displaced tenants to move their home to another site, if possible, and compensate them for the loss of their home if they are unable to move it.
The proposed changes include:
* ensuring the effective date of a 12-month notice to end tenancy is the same for all tenancy agreements under the act;
* increasing the amount of compensation landlords pay tenants who have been given a notice to end tenancy, in order to convert a park;
* increasing the amount of compensation a landlord owes a former tenant if the landlord gave notice, but did not do the conversion;
* providing additional compensation if a manufactured home cannot be relocated; and
* clarifying that a tenant who is unable to relocate their manufactured home is not responsible for disposal costs of the home.
Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing says “Manufactured homes are an important source of affordable housing often used by vulnerable groups, including seniors, people with disabilities and those on fixed income. The current laws are not strong enough to protect these people, and we are taking action to give tenants the security of knowing they will be fairly compensated if they have to find new homes.”