2024-05-15: BCMHO Quarterly Newsletter

Manufactured home owners are property owners who pay property taxes on their homes but not on the land. Many of us invest considerable sums to maintain, upgrade and improve our homes. While we lease land and services from the park owner, we are not tenants in the true sense because we have a financial interest in our homes and the environment in which our homes are located. For this reason, we refer to park owners, not landlords and home owners, not tenants.

New Provincial Regulations Improve Fairness regarding Park Rules

It has been common for us to hear from our members about park owners changing park rules multiple times in the year, making rules that seem directed at particular home owners, or placing unreasonable requirements on home owners for upgrades.

On April 30, 2024, the Provincial Government passed new regulations about park rules... Read more ↗

2024-04-30: Protections coming for residents of manufactured home parks

Changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Regulation, which establishes park rules, will make life easier for manufactured home residents.

Currently, some owners of manufactured homes have difficulty knowing what rules are in effect, because there is no limit to how often owners of manufactured home parks can change park rules. Changes to the regulation will mean that park rules can only be changed once a year and with three months notice. This will help improve clarity for tenants regarding what rules are in effect, when they will be in effect, and ensure tenants have adequate time to comply with a park rule change or dispute it with the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB). Read more ↗
Note that the new regulation was into effect the same date of this announcement.

2024-02-28: Nanaimo mobile home park tenants want others to know about illegal rules

It is a common occurence that MH park owners make rules and demands as they see fit for their own advantages. A few MHO found it abusive and launched a dispute through RTB. This lead to a very good outcome that is very helpful and informative for MHO like us. The ruling read, "These rules appear to be an attempt by the landlord to improve the esthetics of the park by requiring that tenants make cosmetic and other improvements of the landlord's choosing to their own manufactured homes, which are not the landlord's property..."
Read the Chek News article ↗. Or read the text of the article here below ↓

Get the RTB decision AnonDec-104855 ↗ (copy the decision number AnonDec). Or download this copy from our website: RTB decision AnonDec-104855 ↗.

2024-01-25: West Kelowna petition update

I think we got half a 'win' last night ~ the residents got a small reprieve of 60 days, and the developers got their butt kicked by the City Council. It was evident their Relocation Plan wasn't working and their Relocation Coordinator (in Langley, FFS) was ill-equipped for assisting these people - many got a 2 page handout of websites and phone numbers - some don't have phones, a couple didn't have computers, 1 walks everywhere - these are a group failed by social support systems long before Kerr bought the property in 2019. At one point, a councillor asked the Relocation Coordinator how many of the 27 properties have found new accommodations since October: 2. — Marlene Rusk
More info in Kelowna News ↗.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

was November 18, 2023, via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. PST
Info at the bottom of this page.
The AGM was rather positive with a decent participation. At least a couple members registered to the meeting apparently did not receive the zoom link or it was filtered as spam in their email box. We'll solve these issues before next year AGM. If you missed the AGM, we'll have the minutes posted and you can always email us or use the contact form to bring your issues forward. We want to solve the problems. It was voted to increase the number of Directors in the board to seven. I.e. two more director positions not currently filled. If you feel like you can contribute your time to your association, contact us.

2023-09-11: B.C. Provincial announcement:

2024 rent increase limit is 3.5% ↗
Please be aware that the landlords do have the right to issue a Proportional Rent Increase ↗ due to increased services in addition to the 3.5% allowable rent increase. See link for details.

2023-09-13: CLAS Survey for Manufactured Home Owners

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:

CLAS survey responses compiled by Susan Belford, BCMHO

More CLAS reports and publications ↗

2022-12-28: BC Ministry of Housing update

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.

Read more ↗

2023 summer: Residential Tenancy Branch Operational Stakeholders Group Update

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 Stakeholder's group meeting take place regularly and we hope to provide updates for BCMHO.ca members in our Newsletters.

2023 summer: Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance Meetings

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 our Newsletters.

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