Chris Estrada

Homelife Benchmark Realty

End of B.C.'s eviction moratorium has tenant advocates bracing for trouble.

B.C.'s eviction moratorium and rent subsidy are ending and tenant advocates worry repayment programs won't help renters fend off eviction.


The government has asked landlords to be flexible in allowing tenants who have built up back rent debts a grace period of up to nine months to pay them. But advocates worry that still leaves a lot of tenants at risk of losing their housing.


The province estimates up to 15 percent of B.C.’s 1.5 million tenants haven’t been able to pay their full rent at some point during the pandemic.


“We’re going to find out very quickly tomorrow how many tenants got their jobs back and how many tenants are going to be able to make their rent,” Rob Patterson, a legal advocate at Vancouver’s Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, said on Monday.


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