With the current Squamish rental crunch, it can be confusing and vital for tenants to navigate what is legal and what isn't in terms of their rights. Can a tenant break a lease in B.C., for example? Or can a landlord evict a tenant for smoking?
The answers to these, and many other questions about B.C. Tenancy Law, will be answered during monthly free Poverty Advocacy Law Drop-In Sessions at Squamish Public Library over the coming months.
Peter Kabengele, poverty law advocate with Sea to Sky Community Services (SSCS), will be hosting informal drop-ins at the library every month through to December, according to a news release from the organization.
Kabengele heads SSCS's new Poverty Law Advocacy Program, which offers free legal advocacy support and assistance to financially restricted individuals and families in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.
The program is sponsored by The Law Foundation of B.C. and officially began in Squamish in June.
Although the focus of the drop-in sessions will be tenant rights and responsibilities, attendees may also request guidance and support around human rights issues, appealing Assistance Benefits denials, and other legal matters.
The sessions run from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3.
For more information, go to www.sscs.ca/programs/poverty-law-advocacy.