Province amends renters’ rights

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The rights of renters and those renting residential properties are changing in Saskatchewan. 

The rights of renters and those renting residential properties are changing in Saskatchewan.

In hopes of enhancing the rights of seniors residing in independent living facilities, the provincial government has amended The Residential Tenancies Regulations.

One amendment allows seniors residing in independent living facilities the right to use the office of residential tenancies to resolve disputes, effective April 1, 2013.

"Seniors' independent living facilities are exempt from the current law and we could see no reason for that," Justice Minister and attorney general Gordon Wyant said in a release. "This change puts them on equal footing with other rental properties."

Rules concerning fixed-term tenancies will also be changed, allowing tenants two months’ notice about their intentions once the lease expires, as to whether they plan to continue renting, or if rent will increase.

Landlords will have to belong to an approved association of landlords in order to increase rent for periodic tenancies more than once per year, after which time they can increase rent every six months, effective Nov. 15.

These amendments will help in Saskatchewan’s tight rental market, Wyant said in a release.

"These changes will provide tenants with additional protection from facing the burden of large rent increases in a short amount of time."

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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