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It has started: Landlords that attempt "renoviction" in New Westminster will now face fines or lose business licenses

New Westminster council has unanimously passed a bylaw that will use the city’s business licensing powers to penalize landlords who evict tenants in order to renovate.

The bylaw uses the city’s business licensing powers, and is being called a groundbreaking policy that could put the brakes on what are known as “renovictions” if other Metro Vancouver municipalities follow suit. The bylaw will define under what conditions landlords can evict; will set out provisions to temporarily house tenants if vacancy is required to renovate; and will prohibit rent increases when tenants return.

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