Feb
20
2020

Islanders encouraged to take part in Residential Tenancy Act consultations

Public and community input is being sought on a new Residential Tenancy Act which will provide more protections for Island landlords and tenants.

The proposed modernized legislation is now available online and clearly outlines rules that affect landlords and tenants in key areas such as emergency repairs, rent increases, fees, inspections, evictions and payment of rent.

“The new legislation provides a modern legislative framework for the rental of residential property in our province. We are hoping that as many Islanders as possible will share their opinions during the consultations to ensure that the new legislation best meets the needs of Islanders.”

- Hon. Brad Trivers, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning

Islanders are encouraged to provide their feedback by the end of March through:

  • Written submissions by March 20;
  • An online survey from March 3 to March 20; and
  • Public consultation sessions:
    • March 9: Alberton, Holland College West Prince Campus, 6-8 p.m.
    • March 11: Summerside, Credit Union Place, 6-8 p.m.
    • March 25:  Montague, Montague Regional High School, 6-8 p.m.
    • March 26:  Charlottetown, Jack Blanchard Hall, 6-8 p.m.

Introducing updated residential rental legislation is part of government’s overall efforts to address housing challenges across the province. Last year, there were just over 1,500 housing starts, of which rental units accounted for almost half. The new Residential Tenancy Act would replace the Rental of Residential Properties Act which is now 30 years old.

“The Act is intended to provide better protection for both tenants and landlords while addressing the current realities of housing in Prince Edward Island,” said Social Development and Housing Minister Ernie Hudson. “We want to hear from Islanders on how the new legislation would impact them and how it could be improved.”

More information on the proposed Act and the consultation process can be found at PrinceEdwardIsland.ca/ResidentialTenancy.

Media contact:

Jean Doherty
Education and Lifelong Learning
Email: jmdoherty@gov.pe.ca
Phone: 902 314 5702

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