BC Extends the Temporary Rental Supplement to August


On June 19, 2020, the provincial government announced the extension of the temporary rental supplement (“TRS”). The TRS began on April 9, and is now extended to the end of August 2020. This latest announcement reflects the province’s effort to continue to support renters and landlords.

The TRS provides $500 per month to eligible households with dependents and $300 to eligible households without dependents. Those who have been approved for the TRS do not need to reapply for the extension; instead, they will receive an email to confirm that they will be living at the same address for July and August. New applications for the TRS will continue to be accepted until August 31, 2020.

Please visit our previous article for more information on the TRS.

The provincial government also announced that the current moratorium on rent increases and evictions for non-payment of rent will continue. However, the ban on evictions for reasons other than non-payment of rent will end later this month through a new provincial order. Landlords will still need to meet the required notice period under the Residential Tenancy Act for evictions. The new order will also allow eviction notices served before the moratorium (March 30) to come into effect and be enforceable.

If you have questions or concerns about how the news release applies to commercial landlords, please contact a member of the Clark Wilson Commercial Real Estate Group.

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