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Ursula Prossegger – Landlords shut out

Last year, I wrote to The Chronicle Herald about the challenges landlords like me face.

  • We must pay our taxes, regardless of whether tenants pay rent;
  • We bear all the risk in financing, operating, and maintaining housing;
  • There are no government-imposed “controls” or “caps” on the costs landlords are expected to pay — among them taxes, insurance, labour and repairs.

Twelve months ago, I expressed my doubts that anything would change, as very few of the politicians and reporters have had to own or operate a rental housing building. So, the media coverage and the political decisions on housing would continue to be based on getting votes or getting headlines — not policy decisions that are fair and reflect the lived experience of those of us who work so hard to provide affordable rental housing.

Since I wrote my letter last year, the government changed. A new premier came to office and promised to consult with those of us who work in rental housing.

Sadly, Premier Tim Houston broke two promises: he extended the previous Liberal government’s rent cap, and he didn’t consult with us before doing so. …[Read More]