New Westminister becomes first city in BC to adopt anti-renoviction bylaw
On Monday night, New Westminister adopted a bylaw that would help to deter renovictions – the practice where tenants are evicted to make way for renovations. Some tenants and tenancy rights groups allege that this is often done in order to artificially raise rents beyond accepted increases.
The practice of renoviction in New Westminister now carries with it strong fines, between $500 and $1000, with some penalties having the potential to be issued daily. It’s part of a wider initiative to revitalize rental housing in the city.