Province now offering relief measures for renters & landlords 

Learn what they are & what it might mean for you

April 2, 2020   3 minute read

On March 26th, Premier John Horgan announced some temporary relief measures to help B.C. renters during these times when isolating at home is so important. According to Horgan these actions “will give much-needed financial relief to renters and landlords. It will also provide more security for renters, who will be able to stay in their homes without fear of eviction or increasing rents during this emergency.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Rent freeze

Details: For the next four months, there will be no increases to rent. This includes any rent hikes that were planned for April 1st and any new annual rent increases that would have taken place during this state of emergency.

New rental supplement

Details: Subsidies of up to $500 a month for those with low to moderate incomes who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, but do not qualify for existing rental assistance programs. The supplement will be paid directly to the landlord on the renter’s behalf to ensure landlords continue to receive rental income.

Tenants will need to apply for the rental supplement online directly through BC Housing. Click here to begin the application or phone 1.877.757.2577. There are a few eligibility requirements including:

  • You must be receiving EI, CERB, or be experiencing a 25% reduction in monthly employment income due to COVID-19
  • Your 2019 household income needs to be less than $74,150 (no dependents) or $113,040 (with dependents)
  • You must be paying more than 30% of current (reduced) gross monthly income towards rent 
  • You must not be receiving any other rent subsidy from any level of government

Also note that once your application is approved, an email will go directly to your landlord asking them to confirm rental details. It’s important that they’re aware of your application and the need to watch for an email from BC Housing. 

Moratorium on evictions

Details: As long as the province remains in a state of emergency, current and future evictions are suspended. The exception are extreme circumstances involving health or safety issues. 

To learn more about these relief measures, read the ‘Supporting renters, landlords during COVID-19’ news release from the Province of British Columbia 

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