Excerpt from the Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

(Hansard)


June 2, 2010

Bill M208 — Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Amendment Act, 2010

S. Simpson presented a bill intituled Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Amendment Act, 2010.

S. Simpson: I move introduction of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Amendment Act, 2010. 

Motion approved.

S. Simpson: The Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Amendment Act, 2010, looks to protect the most vulnerable sector of our society, the owners of mobile homes. Currently tenants renting pads or land in home parks have little protection against eviction for the purposes of development. This group of people faces unique obstacles and barriers when they face an eviction. Their homes are, in most instances, permanent structures and not movable. If they can be moved, the costs are prohibitive for moving a manufactured home, if you can find another location at all. 

By amending sections 42 and 44 of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, this bill will accomplish the following: require that a park owner require 12 months' notice of eviction when redeveloping land under any form of tenancy agreement, require that a park owner at the time of eviction pays a tenant's relocation expenses up to $25,000 and require a park owner to pay those tenants who are unable to relocate their manufactured homes because of local building standards an amount equal to the fair market value of the manufactured home as compensation. 

Mr. Speaker, manufactured home owners are frequently older British Columbians who have chosen this as their retirement option. They have worked hard all their lives, they pay their rent, and they keep their homes and surroundings in good repair. These British Columbians believed they had an arrangement that would allow them some longer-term security for their later years. The Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Amendment Act will help to ensure that this is the case and, when it is not, will guarantee that they are at least treated with some fairness in terms of their costs and the protection of their asset. 

I move that this bill be placed on the orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting after today. 

Bill M208, Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Amendment Act, 2010, introduced, read a first time and ordered to be placed on orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting of the House after today.

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