“We saw an opportunity to stop hundreds of people from losing their homes and having to leave the city. We can’t wait for senior levels of government to act.” – Nadine Nakagawa, Councilor, New Westminster
Mayor Cote also stressed the importance of taking action quickly to “minimize the risk of further renovictions as soon as possible.”
But David Hutniak of Landlord BC feels the new regulations will have some unintended consequences.
“If there is a risk that this is all made to onerous and too complicated, and that it adds all sorts of additional costs…then if I’m an owner of some 20-30 unit building, what I’ll do is, I’ll not do anything. I’m definitely not gong to be investing a whole bunch of money into the building because it’s a huge hassle.” – David Hutniak, CEO Landlord BC
Hutniak also feels the city sidestepped standard procedure.
“There was zero consultation with the industry, not even a phone call.” -David Hutniak, CEO Landlord BC
New Westminster will become the first city in BC to impose restrictions and fines for renovictions, potentially setting a precedent for other municipalities experiencing a similar shortage of affordable housing. Fines can be up to $1000 and some may be imposed daily.