- The decision states that a firm falsely asserted the Residential Tenancy Act didn’t cover 152 tenancy contracts.
- Plan A Real Estate rents out suites in some buildings in Vancouver’s West End, usually using a ‘Furnished Travel Accommodation Tenancy Agreement.’
The Residential Tenancy Branch has penalized Vancouver’s Plan A Real Estate Services $10,000 for directing tenants to sign lease contracts that it falsely claims aren’t covered by B.C.’s tenancy laws.
In an April 20 statement of an administrative fine, Richard Maddia, acting director of the regional authority’s Compliance and Enforcement Unit, noted that Plan A had violated the Residential Tenancy Act in at least 152 tenancy contracts.
In each of those issues, the firm had requested tenants to sign “Furnished Travel Accommodation Tenancy Agreements” that stated, “the Residential Tenancy Act of British Columbia does not apply to the terms of this tenancy contract or any addendums, changes or additions to these terms.” But Maddia said owners couldn’t just write their way out of legal obligations.
“I am not happy that any agreement that is presumptively subject to a regulatory scheme can simply have terms purporting to exempt it from the applicable ruling, only because one of the parties sees it is in their interest to do so,” the decision says.
Maddia wrote that he was pleased “the respondents’ inclusion of standard language that aims to avoid or disapply the Act because the residences are vacation or travel accommodations is a violation of the Act and no effect.”
Anoop Majithia, Plan A’s executive director, has been instructed to pay $5,000 by June 20 for violating the act to confuse an “uninformed tenant.” An extra penalty of $5,000 is charged for having numerous infringements.
Source – cbc.ca