Rogers demands long-overdue updates to Residential Tenancies Act
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says it’s long past time for the Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador to introduce a Residential Tenancies Act that actually deals with the housing realities of the people of the province.
Rogers says successive PC and Liberal governments have ignored the need for an updated act. Today in Question Period, she asked where it is.
“In 2012 the former Government undertook a review of the Residential Tenancies Act. The report of the hearings was submitted that same year with a promise of revised legislation by Spring 2013. It’s been almost 5 years and still no revised Act,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly.
“I ask the Minister of Service NL: he’s had a whole year to work this out, where is the new Act?”
Rogers points out that current legislation does not apply to boarding and rooming houses, and landlords are free to take government money without any regulation. She says that is just one of the changes to the Act that is most urgently needed.
“At the Residential Tenancies Review hearings, Social Workers, community workers, mental health and addictions workers all reported on the deplorable, unhealthy and sub-standard conditions in many boarding houses,” she said.
“I ask the Minister of Service NL will he commit to including the critical and long overdue regulation of rooming and boarding houses in the new Act?”