This event took place on May 5th, 2014 at SFU Woodwards, 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

With the current crisis around adequate and affordable housing in Vancouver, issues surrounding residential rental housing increase in importance. Housing is costlier, less available, and tenants more vulnerable. The Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) is a key piece of social legislation – the purpose of which must be to ensure adequate and appropriate protections for both tenants and landlords. When disputes between these parties arise, it is equally essential that the legislation be properly administered and that disputes be decided fairly and effectively.

This session is a chance to examine and discuss some of the changes proposed for the RTA by a group of social justice organizations in anticipation of the last provincial election. The recommendations are for significant changes to the statute, all with a goal of ensuring that the legislation is responsive to the vulnerabilities tenants face in a tough and expensive housing market. We will be discussing the issues raised by revision of the RTA from four perspectives: RTA coverage; procedures around initiating and terminating a tenancy; tenant protections during tenure; and, dispute resolution.

The session will provide attendees with an overview of the current legislation—what it does and doesn’t provide—as well as an opportunity to engage substantively with issues of legislative reform.

Come share ideas and concerns about residential tenancies and the law.