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Preventing Renovictions: New Westminster Adopts New Approach

Under the Residential Tenancy Act property owners are permitted to evict tenants where they perform renovations to their property. However, with limited affordable housing available, evictions of tenants under the guise of performing renovations on units and then significantly increasing the rent on those units, commonly known as “renovictions”, pose an additional barrier for tenants to secure housing. To address this concern, the City of New Westminster amended its Business Regulations and Licensing (Rental Units) Bylaw, to regulate such renovictions, which has recently been upheld by the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

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