Renters need help now

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Premier John Horgan
John Horgan,  Leader BCNDP
John Horgan,
Leader BCNDP

In May, British Columbians overwhelmingly voted for a new government, a government that works for people, not just those at the top.

I took Christy Clark at her word when she said she would bring back the legislature quickly. I didn’t believe she would stand in the way of British Columbians getting the change they voted for.

Unfortunately, once again, she has decided to put her own self interest ahead of keeping her commitments and doing what is right for British Columbians.

After 16 years of neglect from Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals, British Columbians need help today, especially with housing.

During the election I met with people across the province who are struggling to find affordable rental housing. They have been waiting 16 years for the B.C. Liberals to take their problems seriously. They need immediate action from a new government to help their families thrive.

We’re excited to create jobs, make life more affordable and help renters by moving forward with my commitment to build 114,000 units of affordable housing. Building new supply is critical to addressing the crisis of rental availability and bringing costs down for families.

We’re also going to make life a little more affordable for renters by offering all rental households $400 a year to help offset the massive rent increases they have faced under Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals. I know that families are struggling to get by after 16 years of B.C. Liberal government and they need all the help they can get.

Currently, both landlords and tenants are suffering because of Christy Clark’s cuts to the Residential Tenancy Board. These cuts mean both landlords and tenants have to pay more and wait longer to settle disputes. That’s not fair for anyone. Both landlords and tenants deserve to get help when they need it, not weeks or even months later.

We want to ensure that both landlords and tenants are treated fairly. Unfortunately, the B.C. Liberals have left massive loopholes in our laws that hurt families who rent. The renoviction loophole has led to people being forced from their homes unfairly so that rents can be raised, and the fixed-term tenancy loophole has left many families forced to choose between moving or paying rent increases above the maximum amount allowed.

Renters can’t afford to wait for action to close these loopholes while Christy Clark plays political games. It’s already tough for families to find homes they can afford.

It’s going to take time to reverse 16 years of bad choices from the B.C. Liberals. But we’re ready to get started.

We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work making life more affordable, delivering the services people count on and creating good jobs for British Columbians.

Christy Clark needs to stop stalling so we can give families the help they need.