Dealing with Residential Tenancies like “spitting into a hurricane”
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is nothing if not persistent. Three years ago, government started consultations to create a new Residential Tenancies Act. The report was submitted in December 2012, and revised legislation promised for the Spring 2013 session. Rogers has asked many times over the intervening two years where the new legislation is, and what government’s plans are for introducing it.
“Today I got a call from constituents living in a boarding house. Their electricity has been cut off because the landlord has not paid the bill. They said trying to deal with Residential Tenancies is like spitting into a hurricane!” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the minister where is the new Residential Tenancies Act and its recommendations? It’s been almost 3 years – what could possibly be taking so long?”
The government has been noncommittal about a new Act, as it has been about officially reacting to – let alone adopting – the recommendations of the OrgCode report on Homelessness and Housing.
Rogers is also renewing her demand that the minister instruct Newfoundland and Labrador Housing to stop the sale of all housing, land and assets until a Comprehensive Housing Strategy is developed in consultation with municipalities, Community Advisory Boards, housing advocates, community groups and his own interdepartmental housing advisory committee and the recommendations of the OrgCode report.