Rogers calls for heating rebate for tenants
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants government to extend the home heating rebate to tenants who have heating costs included in their rent.
“Some seniors in my district live in apartment buildings where heat is included in their rent,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today. “Government policy dictates they are not eligible for the home heating rebate. This makes no sense. They pay for heat like everyone else. And most of them are on very low incomes. This is not fair!
“I ask the minister of finance, will she fix this unfair policy so people like the seniors in my district get the rebate they’re entitled to?”
Such a system, says Rogers, exists and operates painlessly in other jurisdictions. Apartments with utilities included are often among the lower-priced housing options in a market and while tenants may not make payments directly to utility companies, heating costs have a direct impact on the rents tenants pay.
“In some provinces with similar heating rebate programs, renters simply require a letter from their landlord indicating the payment for heat is included in the rent, making the renter eligible for the rebate,” she said.
“I ask the Minister will she change her unfair eligibility policy so people who really need this rebate can get it?”
Rogers says many people struggling on low incomes are being unfairly denied their rightful rebates.