Pandemic orders sparking more landlord-tenant disputes, says Princeton RCMP

Princeton RCMP are fielding an increasing number of calls about landlord and tenant disputes.

“Almost all of them, and there have been several, are about evictions or attempted evictions for various reasons,” said Sgt. Rob Hughes, detachment commander.

However, police do not have jurisdiction to enforce civil, as opposed to criminal, trespasses.

“Landlord tenant issues are not police matters. Because all of us who work here also live here, and we have a sense of loyalty to the community, we do our best to resolve matters before they blow up.”

“It’s frustrating,” added Hughes.

“Every situation is different, and what we are trying to do is to resolve the conflicts and then try to mediate.”

On March 30, the provincial government issued an order putting a halt to most evictions, in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Hughes said people need to direct their concerns to the provincial agency that governs the decisions.

“As soon as you start to have a problem with a tenant or a landlord, you need to start a case through the Residential Tenancy Branch.”

The time to call police is when there may be criminal activity to investigate.

“If there are threats of violence or violence, then yes, call the police. If it’s not clear, call us and ask.”

Related: ‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Okanagan Realtors donate big to North Westside fire department

Two Kelowna-area Realtors made a generous donation to the North Westside Fire… Continue reading

Water quality advisory rescinded for Vernon users

Emergency repairs on a water main resulted in water quality advisory

SilverStar security recovers stolen bike

Reminders to residents to keep bicycles locked up, eyes open for suspicious activity

Orphaned Okanagan beavers admitted to rehab centre

The two beavers are in the care of the Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre

Interior Health will not expand Police and Crisis Team

Southeast Division Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli asked IH to expand the program

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

‘Justice for Mona’ protests planned in Kelowna, Lower Mainland

Security camera footage shows Mona Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s Okanagan murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

Kelowna neighbourhood pond dries up again

The RDCO filled up the pond on Hall Road but it’s drying up again

Penticton RCMP seek help locating missing woman

25-year-old Iesha Blomquist was reported missing to Penticton RCMP on June 30

Car smashes into Kelowna dollar store

The vehicle went through the front window of the store just off Highway 97 North

Majority of residents in support of alcohol in outdoor spaces: City of Penticton

City council will vote on whether to continue allowing public consumption, on Tuesday, July 7

Princeton RCMP arrest suspects in violent Salmon Arm home invasion

Two men who allegedly staged a violent home invasion in Salmon Arm… Continue reading

Most Read