Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

BC Just Promised $500/Month To Help With Your Rent During COVID-19

BC Just Promised $500/Month To Help With Your Rent During COVID-19

Robinson added that the province is granting landlords the power to regulate the use of multi-purpose and amenity spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"The stress is off the charts right now".

People are being told to self-isolate at home during the pandemic and the possibility of being evicted must be prevented, he said.

Earlier today, the federal government announced a new $2,000 monthly benefit for Canadians, which replaces and expands two previously announced emergency benefits. "We need to give people security and safety in their rental housing", he said.

Annual rent increases are now frozen during the state of emergency and landlords are now prevented from accessing rental units without the consent of the tenant (for showings or routine maintenance), except in "exceptional cases where it is needed to protect health and safety or to prevent undue damage to the unit", the province stated in a press release.

Horgan is urging those who only truly need access to the funds to apply for them.

Rental property-owner association LandlordBC had asked the province not to impose a moratorium on evictions in the province, saying the move could have "huge unintended consequences and put the entire rental housing ecosystem at risk".

Canadians' job prospects look increasingly bleak as COVID-19 leads to unprecedented layoffs, with almost one million people filing for jobless benefits over the past week.

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These latest steps are part of government's $5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan to provide income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.

Landlord will be able to restrict the use of common areas, such as laundry rooms, by tenants or guests, as well. This would ensure landlords continue to receive rental income during the pandemic.

Since COVID-19 hit B.C., 13 people have died, while 59 remain in hospital. "But they are also times when we may expose those who are most vulnerable in our community - our elders, our seniors, people who have more at risk due to their underlying medical conditions".

The province did not announce aid for people struggling to make mortgage payments, but Horgan expressed hope that financial institutions will see the wisdom of doing what they can to help people through a tough time.

"Students often ... either are ineligible for EI or take on seasonal work, often in the tourism and hospitality industry".

Overall, Henry said that 64 people are now hospitalized in BC, and of those, 26 are in intensive care units.

"We want to make sure that those students are supported and that their concerns are heard".

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