Mayor Shari Decter Hirst will table a motion at tonight’s city council meeting to ask the provincial government to change the Residential Tenancies Act.
This move is in response to last month’s outcry from residents of Kingsway Kort who face eviction after a developer purchased the mobile home court and voiced its plans to redevelop the area.
Decter Hirst wants the provincial government to increase the moving allowances given to affected homeowners.
She said the $500 moving allowance given to evicted tenants required by provincial works well for apartment rentals, but the cost of moving a mobile home far exceeds that.
"The costs of moving a trailer are so substantially higher that this doesn’t address the real costs of trying to move a mobile home," she said.
Decter Hirst said she expects a debate around the council table tonight, given the attention the residents received last month.
"This is something we can do right now," she said. "We have over 1,000, almost 1,500 people in Brandon that own their mobile home and are tenants at mobile home parks, so let’s be proactive and make sure we champion their rights."
Development plans for Kingsway Kort reveal a West Coast company wants to build four 100-unit apartment buildings. According to the application to the City of Brandon, the request for rezoning has been made by Kitsilano Laneway Housing Ltd. of Vancouver, however, the company is developing locally under the name Brandon Evergreen Developments.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 16, 2013