Advocating for Sustainable and Affordable Manufactured Home Communities in British Columbia

We are working for changes to the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act to make it more sustainable for Manufactured Home Owners.
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PLEASE NOTE

Our mailing address has changed

Our new address is: #49-4714 Muir Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 8Z6

2023 Allowable Rent Increase for Manufactured Home Owners

The allowable rent increase for manufactured home owners has been capped at 2% plus the proportional amount. 

Campaign to Eliminate Proportional Rent Increases

Currently under the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act a landlord may impose a proportional amount rent increase, in addition to the allowable rent increase, on tenants of a Manufactured Home Park.  Under the provisions of the Act the proportional amount is the sum of the change in local government levies (i.e. taxes and municipal fees) and utility fees (i.e. public utilities, gas utility, water utility)

On June 24, 2022 the BCMHO.ca board of directors sent a letter to the former Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, David Eby, in support of a cap on the maximum annual allowable rent increase for 2023 to less than the inflation rate. In our letter we also pointed out that a cap on rent increases is especially important to manufactured home owners since we are subjected to an additional rent increase for the proportional amount of the change in local government levies and utility fees which, in some cases, results in an additional 1% to 1.5% rent increase. We also mentioned that tenants governed by the Residential Tenancy Act do not have to pay this additional rent.

BCMHO.ca is requesting that the Province remove these provisions from the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act and it's Regulations  since manufactured home parks are a source of affordable housing in BC and to impose additional rent increases on the tenants of these parks impacts their affordability. 

Our Board of Directors also sent a letter to the acting Executive Director of the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) regarding the proportional rent increases. We are waiting for a response.

It is our intention to continue to lobby the government to eliminate the proportional rent increases tenants in manufactured home parks are required to pay.

To view our letter to the Acting Executive Director of the RTB click HERE

Residential Tenancy Branch Operational Stakeholders Group Update

In November 2021 the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) asked BCMHO.ca and our partner Associations, the Lower Mainland Manufactured Home Owners Association (LMMHOA) and the Penticton & District Manufactured Home Owners Association (P&DMHOA), to provide input on Park Rules.

At the July 19, 2022 RTB Stakeholder's meeting we asked for an update on park rules, however the RTB was unable to provide one.

The BCMHO.ca Board of Directors will continue to look for the recommended changes to Park Rules. We will update our Members as soon as new information becomes available.

We also citied issues around failing park infrastructure and what the RTB Compliance and Enforcement Unit (CEU) is able to take on in extreme cases where failing infrastructure impacts the health and safety of park residents. Since the meeting we have sent a letter to the head of CEU for further clarification and are waiting on a reply.

The new CEU's online intake tool does allow manufactured home residents who have a complaint against a landlord to submit details of their complaint and upload evidence online. Your complaint must meet the following criteria; is the action causing a major health, safety or housing concern or an intentional, repeated or continuous action contravening BC tenancy laws and is there immediate danger to health, safety, housing or the rental property?

Complainants will require a basic BCeID to log on to the system. Once they are logged in, they will be asked for contact information and details of their complaint. The last section will prompt complainants to upload evidence. While the system does generate a file number for the complainant, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) prohibits the CEU from sharing the findings or details of an investigation with a complainant. Advocates will be able to use the online intake to submit a complaint on a client’s behalf.

The CEU does not mediate or resolve disputes between landlords and tenants, and it is not an alternative to dispute resolution nor can it enforce orders. 

If someone is unable to use the online system, they can call information services or email HSRTO@gov.bc.ca with the complete details of their complaint.

To create a basic BCeID click HERE
To access the online intake tool click HERE
To contact RTB Information Services click HERE
To find out more about the CEU complaint process and how complaints are handled please click HERE

Top 3 Concerns Survey

The results of our survey sent to BCMHO.ca members on September 25, 2022 are in. The answers will give our Board of Directors a clear focus for our campaigns in 2023. Thank you to all of our members who took the time to complete the survey.

To see a summary of the survey results click HERE

Notice of the BCMHO.ca Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting for 2022 on Saturday, November 19 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

More detailed information will be sent to all BCMHO.ca members by October 23, 2022. Look for the email in your inbox and if it's not there check you spam folder. 

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at bcmhoinfo@gmail.com

Our Privacy Policy

Occasionally home owners are reluctant to speak up when problems occur in their park community, therefore, we have a privacy policy which states that we will not divulge members names or the number of members we have to anyone. Any information that you share with us will not be shared with anyone else without your permission.

The material on our web site does not constitute legal or professional advice and is presented as information only. We recommend you consult a lawyer if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.