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Repayment for residential tenants who’ve fallen behind in their rent

The BC Government just published a repayment framework for residential tenants who’ve fallen behind in their rent, along with a couple of other announcements about residential tenancies.
 
Here are the key points on the repayment plan:
  • the residential eviction ban will be lifted before September 1 (which means full rent will be due in September)
  • late payments during the emergency period aren’t considered cause for eviction and a tenant can’t be evicted for unpaid rent during the emergency unless they have defaulted on their repayment plan,
  • tenants who have fallen behind in their rent will have until July 2021 to pay it back, as long as they make monthly installments (landlords can’t charge late fees),
  • the first installment will be due 30 days from when the landlord presents the repayment plan – probably October 1 for most tenants, and
  • landlords and tenants can still negotiate additional terms, as needed.
  The news release includes these additional important announcements:
  • no rent increases can take effect until December 1, 2020, and
  • landlords to have the ability to restrict access to common spaces for COVID-19-related health reasons.
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