We are Lobbying for changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act
to make it more fair for Homeowners and Landlords
Recent Highlights and Accomplishments include:
Eliminated the 2% Bonus portion of Rent Increases for 2019
If your current pad rent is, let's say $600.00 per month, the saving works out to $144.00 per year or $720.00 over the next 5 years.
If your current pad rent is, let's say $900.00 per month, the saving works out to $216.00 per year or $1080.00 over the next 5 years.
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Effective June 6, 2018 important changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act came into force.
When a landlord gives a 12 month notice to end tenancy when Manufactured Home Parks close for redevelopment:
- The tenancy will end 12 months after the 12 months after the notice is given, whether fixed term or periodic.
- A Tenant under a fixed term or periodic tenancy who has received a 12 month notice can end their tenancy early by giving the landlord 10 days’ written notice.
- A Landlord must compensate a tenant $20,000 on or before the effective date of the notice.
- A Tenant can apply to the Residential Tenancy Branch for additional compensation equal to the difference between the assessed value of the home and $20,000 if:
- They are not able to obtain the necessary permits, licenses, approvals or certificates required by law to move the manufactured home or
- The tenant is not able to move the manufactured home to another manufactured home site within a reasonable distance of the current manufactured home site; and
- The tenant does not owe any tax in relation to the manufactured home.
- A landlord may not claim reimbursement from the tenant for the costs of removing, storing, advertising or disposing of the manufactured home if the home cannot be moved in the above circumstances.
- A Landlord must compensate a tenant 12 months’ rent or $5000, whichever is greater, (unless excused by an arbitrator in extenuating circumstances) if a manufactured home park is closed to be converted for residential or non-residential use and
- steps have not been taken to accomplish the stated purpose for ending the tenancy under section 42 within a reasonable period after the effective date of the notice.
Issues we are working on for 2019
We had many meetings and much correspondence with government officials as well as a submission to the BC Government Housing Task Force in the summer of 2018. They appear to be on board, and we will continue to work with them. Still, there is much more work to be done to save you money! Some of the priorities we have focused on are:
1. Eliminate the “Proportional Rent Increase”
2. Assignment of Lease to the Next Tenant
3. Standard Park Rules
BC Government Housing Task Force Submission
We spent several months with input from many groups and individuals preparing a 33 page submission to the BC Government Task Force.
The Task Force had only 1 recommendation regarding MHP's Recommendation 23: Ensure Manufactured Home Park rules are clear and
understandable. Clarify what occurs when park rules conflict with lease or
The Task Force recommends reviewing the existing legislation and regulations on manufactured home park rules to include guidelines about what park rules may and may not do, the amount of notice needed for rule changes and provide guidance on what occurs if park rules conflict with lease or contract rules.
WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AND NEED YOUR SUPPORT IF WE ARE TO BE HEARD