Consultations long completed, reports on the missing list
NDP Housing critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is beginning to wonder why government does public consultations at all if it doesn’t intend to act on the problems people bring to them.
Two reports that could be vital to forming government housing policy are long overdue – one has been completed for a year, and consultations for the other wrapped up more than two years ago. Neither report has been released to the public, despite a statement from the minister last April that the Housing and Homelessness report would be released “in a couple of weeks.”
“The Residential Tenancies Act consultations were completed in 2012. Two years ago!” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“People presented very serious problems in the consultations. I ask the Minister again, why is he not releasing the Residential Tenancies Act Review with all its recommendations? What is he trying to hide?”
The Residential Tenancies Act governs the relationships between landlords and the people they rent to, and is long overdue for changes. People facing skyrocketing rents and dilapidated properties, as well as those living in non-standard housing such as boarding houses, have been calling for the Act to be modernized.
Rogers says the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Report was completed in October 2013, and should have been made public months ago.
“Is the minister trying to hide how desperate the housing crisis has become?” she asked.