On Sept 2nd, the Active Manufactured Home Owners Society (BCMHO) shared with its members the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) update survey on administrative fairness in the RTB. By the September 8th deadline, nine members had responded. The response rate was low, some people did not respond to all questions, and the survey was framed around open questions, so answers vary widely, but ideas expressed were consistent; eight of the responses pointed out areas for improvement, while only one registered complete support for all RTB practices.
We heard from individuals across the province that:
Detailed responses to the survey questions could be found in another page.
CLAS survey responses compiled by Susan Belford, BCMHO
With the installation of BC's new Premier, the Honourable David Eby, and his public commitment to take on the housing crisis in this province, a number of changes in how the government manages housing have been made.
What was formerly the Ministry of Housing and Construction Standards has now become the Ministry of Housing. The Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) of the Ministry of Housing who manage tenant and landlord disputes and information services for both renters and manufactured home owners, will receive $15.6 million in funding from the province over the next three years. The funds will be used to increase staff and revitalize RTB processes to improve wait times for landlord/tenant disputes, strengthen compliance and enforcement efforts and improve their online information.
The new Minister of Housing Ravi Kahlon recently noted that dispute "...applications have increased by 21% since 2018 with the influx of people moving to BC…Renters and landlords have been clear that the current residential tenancy dispute resolution process isn't working fast enough to address their needs. We hear you and we are taking action to speed up service and strengthen enforcement to address things like repeat or serious offences like illegal evictions, so renters and landlords can get the fair treatment and timely support they deserve."
So, what does this mean for manufactured home owners? Don't be confused, the RTB is responsible for the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act (MHPTA), as well as the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), since manufactured home owners in parks 'rent' the land their home sits on. The RTB is the organization manufactured home owners should contact when you have concerns about your tenancy or if you are in a situation that contravenes the MHPTA.
The Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) Operational Stakeholders Group meets quarterly throughout the year and is comprised of Ministry of Housing staff and representatives from residential landlord organizations, tenants, manufactured home owners and manufactured home park owners.
Our last stakeholder's group meeting was on May 4, 2023. We continue to ask for updates regarding the frequency of changes to Park Rules and issues around Assignment of Manufactured Home Site Tenancy Agreements. We have reported the answers we received from the RTB to our members in the BCMHO.ca Spring 2022, Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 Newsletters.
Due to RTB staff changes no updates to these 2 issues has been provided to date. RTB staff has indicated that these issues are not a priority for the next 2 to 3 months.
Our next Stakeholder's group meeting will take place in September 2023 and following that meeting we will provide an update for BCMHO.ca members in our Fall 2023 Newsletter.
Our Directors continue to meet with the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of BC (MHPOA) in an effort to find common ground between home owners and park owners.
Our discussions have been very positive and we will continue to meet and participate in sub-committee meetings with government and the MHPOA of BC, to focus on issues for manufactured home park communities throughout BC.
The Directors at BCMHO.ca will update our members on the results of those discussions after any decisions made are vetted through each organization's Board of Directors. Watch for more information in the BCMHO.ca Summer 2023 Newsletter.
Provincial legislation requires property owners to maintain the fire hydrants that are located on their property. (Note: Fire hydrants that are located on public property, e.g. boulevards, are the responsibility of the local municipality). To make sure the owner of a manufactured home park is properly maintaining the fire hydrants in the park, you can contact your Municipality or local Fire Detachment. Check with your municipality regarding the fire prevention and protection bylaws and policies.
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