The Vancouver Land Assembly has a long and proud history of fighting for the rights of renters. Over the last two decades, the Vancouver Land Assembly has been a tireless advocate for tenants and their rights to fair rental housing. As part of their commitment to tenant rights, they have successfully enacted many legislation that aims at ensuring that landlords, property managers, and real estate agencies are held accountable for the actions of their agents.
Currently, the Vancouver Land Assembly is working to pass the Unlawful Detainer Resolution. This resolution calls on the province of British Columbia to create a new law to allow landlords the right to legally repossess a tenant’s property if they have been the subject of numerous “unlawful detainer” claims. Currently, the Residential Tenancies Act states that an individual can only be evicted from their home by the courts if they have not taken action against the landlord in order to stop the landlord’s legal claims against them.
Many real estate agents and landlords feel that the current system is unfair. For instance, landlords are often accused of abusing their power by refusing to take reasonable action when they are unable to stop “unauthorized” renters from occupying their homes. However, the landlords who are accused of being abusive are often tenants themselves. A recent survey showed that a third of Vancouver property owners believe that eviction laws need to be adjusted in order to ensure a fairer distribution of property ownership among landlords.
It is important to note that although the Vancouver Land Assembly wants to change the laws so that landlords have a more favorable and equal access to the property market, they are not necessarily attempting to reform the Residential Tenancies Act itself. While the association does actively support its members’ campaigns to reform the Residential Tenancy Act, it is the government that dictates the rules under the Residential Tenancies Act. In addition to making changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, the Vancouver Land Assembly wants to make it easier for people to pursue their rights in court. If tenants feel as if they have been unfairly evicted from their own home, they must have the legal means to challenge the legality of their eviction and to hold their landlord accountable. This new law would provide these rights.
In order to pass the Unlawful Detainer Resolution, the Vancouver Land Assembly is asking for the support of the Province of British Columbia in order to pass a new law that would allow landlords the right to legally repossess a tenant’s property when they have been the subject of several “unlawful detainer” claims. Currently, the Residential Tenancies Act states that a landlord may only be evicted from a residential property if the person claiming eviction has filed a lawsuit in order to stop the landlord from repossessing the property. by taking the homeowner to court.
The proposed resolution will also ask the provincial government to amend the Residential Tenancies Act so that when there is a dispute between the homeowner and a property owner or a property manager, that dispute cannot be settled outside of court. Currently, landlords have the right to choose to either accept or refuse mediation between themselves and the homeowner when a complaint is submitted to them about a tenant’s failure to pay rent on time or other issues. This proposed change would prevent landlords from having to choose between their financial interests and their own legal obligations when it comes to resolving disputes.