TAPS BC Challenges Tribunal Decision Not to Investigate Landlord After Apartment Fire

The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), an anti-poverty advocacy organization in Victoria, has filed a petition for judicial review challenging a decision by the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) to not investigate a landlord's treatment of vulnerable tenants following a fire at an apartment building in Victoria.

Sarah Kahn, a public interest lawyer at BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) will represent TAPS. An article on the PIAC website provides additional details about the complaint. “The fire occurred on May 15, 2014 at View Towers, one of the largest apartment buildings in Victoria. Many vulnerable low income tenants, including seniors and people with disabilities, were displaced as result of the fire... The RTB refused to investigate [the landlord], finding that tenants could instead file individual dispute resolution applications against the landlord.”