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Changes Proposed To Protect Owners of Manufactured Homes

The BC Government is proposing changes that will increase security for owners of manufactured homes should they be forced to move because of redevelopment.

Premier John Horgan with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson made the announcement Tuesday.

Horgan said for too, long manufactured homeowners have faced uncertainty due to rising land values and redevelopment, and they have not had adequate protections when evicted.

“No one should have to face financial ruin or potential homelessness when facing eviction from a manufactured home park,” he said in a release.

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“We are taking action to give people increased peace of mind by strengthening protections for owners of manufactured homes.”

The proposed changes include:

  • ensuring the effective date of a 12-month notice to end tenancy is the same for all tenancy agreements under the act
  • increasing the amount of compensation landlords pay tenants who have been given a notice to end tenancy, in order to convert a park
  • increasing the amount of compensation a landlord owes a former tenant if the landlord gave notice, but did not do the conversion
  • providing additional compensation if a manufactured home cannot be relocated
  • clarifying that a tenant who is unable to relocate their manufactured home is not responsible for disposal costs of the home.

Legislation to enact the changes that are part of the government’s 30 point plan to address housing affordability is expected to be introduced later this month.

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