BC Housing bans evictions as province works to help renters, homeowners amid coronavirus

BC Housing is putting in place a temporary moratorium on eviction of tenants in subsidized and affordable housing.

“BC Housing is committed to preventing eviction of tenants and always considers eviction a last resort,” a letter on the BC Housing website reads.

“As you are aware, many tenants in subsidized housing are particularly vulnerable and face a combination of challenges in addition to their need for housing; it is probably that evictions would tax other social services. This is particularly true at this time, in light of the current COVID-19 situation.

The B.C. government is exploring other ways to address concerns from British Columbians unable to afford rent or mortgage payments amidst layoffs and work stoppages due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“All options are on the table,” Housing Minister Selina Robinson said. “We are working on ways to ensure people do not lose their homes and are not evicted because of this crisis. These are very urgent concerns for people and we will have more to say in the coming days.”

The measures are set to be unveiled next week.

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