Housing: ACCEPTABLE DELAY OF RENT PAYMENT POLICY

INTRODUCTION
The Snuneymuxw First Nation has a Tenancy Agreement that contains the following clause:
3.8. “In extraordinary circumstances, the Tenant may defer the payment of rent under the “Acceptable Delay of Rent Payment Policy”

The intent of this policy is to clarify:

  • what are “extraordinary circumstances” (see Section 3. Acceptable Delay Schedule)
  • the maximum number of months that the rent may be deferred
  • the number of months that the Tenant shall have to repay the rent arrears


ARREARS REPAYMENT AGREEMENT
When a Tenant is granted a delay in the payment of rent as set out in this policy, the Tenant will enter into an Arrears Repayment Agreement, and will repay the deferred rent as set out in that agreement and as directed by this policy. If the Tenant defaults on the Arrears Repayment Agreement, the Tenant is subject to eviction.

ACCEPTABLE DELAY SCHEDULE
3.1 Death
In the event of the death of a member of the Tenant’s “immediate family”:
(a) The Tenant may defer (delay payment of) one months rent.
(b) The Tenant shall enter into an Arrears Repayment Agreement.
(c) The repayment period for the arrears will be six months.
“Immediate Family” is defined as a Tenant’s grandparents, parents, parents of the spouse or partner, children, spouse, brothers and sisters and grandchildren.
3.2 Loss of Income
Loss of income due to:
3.2.1 Medical Emergency
Where there is a medical emergency involving a member of the Tenant’s “immediate family” as defined in Section 3.1, and the emergency is confirmed by a medical authority:
(a) The Tenant may defer one to three months rent, depending on the severity of the situation, the decision on the number of month’s deferred rent rests with the Housing Officer.
(b) The Tenant shall enter into an Arrears Repayment Agreement.
(c) The repayment period for the arrears will be six months for every month of rent deferred.
3.2.2 Illness and Treatment
Where there is a serious illness, or where there is an extended treatment period, involving a member of the Tenant’s “immediate family” as defined in Section 3.1, and the illness or treatment is confirmed by a medical authority:
(a) The Tenant may defer one to six months rent, depending on the illness or treatment program. The decision on the number of months deferred rent rests with the Housing Officer.
(b) The Tenant shall enter into an Arrears Repayment Agreement.
(c) The repayment period for the arrears will be six months for every month of rent deferred.
3.2.3 Loss of Employment or Income Assistance Benefit
Where there is a loss of employment or loss of income assistance benefit:
(a) The Tenant may defer up to two months rent.
(b) The Tenant shall enter into an Arrears Repayment Agreement.
(c) The repayment period for the arrears will be six months for every month of rent deferred.
3.2.4 Loss of Income – Other Circumstances
Where there is a loss of income due to circumstances not listed above, the Tenant may apply to the Housing Officer for a deferral of the rent payment. If granted by the Housing Officer :
(a) The Tenant may defer up to a maximum of two months rent.
(b) The Tenant shall enter into an Arrears Repayment Agreement.
(c) The repayment period for the arrears will be six months for every month of rent deferred.

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