PWD clients: know your rights about rent increases!
DABC has been informed that some landlords are trying to prematurely raise rents of their tenants who are PWD clients in anticipation of the shelter rate increase that will take effect in July 2023 for the August 2023 cheque issue.
DABC would like to remind PWD clients of their rights as a tenant: The maximum rent increase for 2023 is 2%, it is illegal for a landlord to increase a tenant’s rent above this. Landlords are also obligated to provide 3 month’s notice of a rent increase. Rent can only be increased once every 12 months.
If you encounter any issues with this and need more information, please reach out to the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre for assistance and/or advocacy.
PWD Application Appointment
Looking for help with a PWD Application booklet? Our advocates can help!
In order to receive assistance from the Advocacy Access program with a PWD application please ensure that you have met the following three criteria to be placed on our waitlist:
1. Applied for income assistance online at myselfserve.gov.bc.ca.
2. Have a blank PWD Application booklet
3. Have a medical professional (general practitioner, specialist or nurse practitioner) who is willing to support you with the application.
Advocates will schedule an appointment with you and ask in depth questions in order to assess how your disabilities impact your daily living activities in order to accurately assist you with your PWD application. Appointments can be done over the phone or in person depending on the clients preference. Appointments can typically take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the medical situation of the client.
Our advocates can support you with section 1 of the application, as well as support your medical practitioner with section 2 and connect you with an assessor for section 3.
You can place yourself on our waitlist to receive assistance by calling 604-872-1278 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that our services are in very high demand, and our PWD waitlist is currently roughly 14-18 weeks long.