More compensation for mobile homeowners forced to move in B.C.

More compensation for mobile homeowners forced to move in B.C.

Photo courtesy CBC.

Photo courtesy CBC.

The province is giving mobile homeowners added compensation if they are forced to leave because of closure or redevelopment to a manufactured home park.

The B.C. government is proposing changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act (MHPT), saying compensation is too low to cover tenant’s moving costs or loss of equity when trying to move their homes.

Amendments to the MHPT include 12-month notice of eviction for all tenancy agreements and increased compensation landlords pay tenants after giving notice to convert a park, and for former homeowners where there was no conversion.

Additional compensation will be given if a mobile home cannot be relocated and clarifying a tenant is not responsible for disposal costs of the home if another site cannot be found.

“No one should have to face financial ruin or potential homelessness when facing eviction from a manufactured home park,” Premier John Horgan said in a statement.

The province says the legislation will be introduced to enact the changes later this month. The Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act legislation changes will not apply to manufactured homes situated on First Nations reserves, however, it will be applicable for those on treaty land.

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