Saskatoon (October 6, 2011): The Saskatchewan Landlord Association (SKLA), an industry association for landlords and property managers of rental housing, is introducing a Tenant Assistance Process (TAP) to help tenants who have received a substantial rent increase.
If a tenant receives a significant rent increase that they cannot afford, he or she will be able to request assistance in dealing with the increase. The TAP, which will be run by experienced SRHIA landlords and property managers, will review the increased rental rate and its affordability to the applicant. If possible, the TAP will attempt to facilitate a mutually acceptable outcome by meeting with the two interested parties. If requested by the tenant, the TAP will draw on the SRHIA membership to provide assistance to the tenant in finding alternate accommodations. Referral will also be made to the Office of Residential Tenancies, if applicable, and information on rental supplement and other support programs for which they may qualify will be provided.
“The vast majority of landlords and property managers implement moderate rent increases that track changes in the market,” SRHIA Executive Officer Paula Simon said. “However, there are occasions when a landlord issues a substantial rent increase that has a destabilizing effect on tenants. We believe our Association’s members have the expertise and connections to inform tenants in these cases, and thereby contribute to a resolution. As part of this, if the tenant wants to find a new home we are willing to help.”
“We understand that tenants want somewhere to turn when faced with a significant increase in rent,” Minister of Justice Don Morgan said. “I commend SRHIA for offering a constructive option for tenants and encourage landlords and property managers to explore the benefits of joining the SRHIA network. As well, my ministry is happy to offer support services if needed through the Dispute Resolution Office. Its staff have mediated thousands of disputes over the years and I know they can contribute to the efficacy of the process.”
Tenants may find more information about SKLA’s Tenant Assistance Process (TAP) by calling 306-653-7149