Still no sign of housing reports
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says it is completely unacceptable for government to continue sitting on reports that could contain vital recommendations to help resolve the province’s housing crisis.
Hearings on the most recent review of the Residential Tenancies Act wrapped up in November 2012. Since then, Rogers has asked numerous times for government to release the results of the review. Originally, legislation changes were to be brought to the House of Assembly in Spring 2013.
When Rogers asked in early April this year about the Residential Tenancies Act report, she received a vague answer referring to the “great body of work” and “consulting other jurisdictions.” When she asked about the Housing and Homelessness report commissioned in June 2013, the minister said he expected to release it “in the next couple of weeks.”
She asked again on May 29. The Service NL minister said he had still not received the Residential Tenancies Act review, and her question on the Housing and Homelessness report resulted only in answers about government spending on housing.
“Government has to stop dragging its heels,” Rogers said today. “housing advocates, landlords, and other individuals made thoughtful, considered recommendations. Why ask their opinions if no action will be taken?
“Many people on low and fixed incomes are suffering from this growing housing crisis, especially seniors, minimum wage earners and people on income support. We hear every day from people who feel trapped in impossible situations with landlords. Government must stop ignoring them.”