Yukon Landlord Resources is a regional overview of organizations that support landlord knowledge and education. This listicle continues with resources for the territories, with direct quotes from the individual websites. I started this project with Alberta Landlord Resources and will continue adding provincial and some municipal resources until all 10 provinces and three territories are covered.
Residential Tenancies Act
As a landlord it’s critical you learn the laws that apply to you and your tenants in a residential rental relationship. The Residential Tenancies Act is the law that governs landlord and tenant relations in residential rental accommodations. All provinces have their individual landlord-tenant acts that landlords should learn and apply.
The RLTA provides information about the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (the “RLTA”) and regulations for the Yukon.
Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities is a general summary of the Yukon Landlord and Tenant Act, outlining landlord and tenant responsibilities and where to go if you have a problem.
Residential Tenancies Office – provides information about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants as set out in the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. It provides legally binding dispute resolution when issues arise that cannot be resolved by landlords and tenants.
Each province provides community supports free of charge in areas of housing, food, crime prevention, and crisis situations. For example, if you have a tenant who lost their job and cannot afford housing or food, Yukon 211 can provide support.
Yukon Government Department of Community Services helps Yukoners through accessible, integrated programs and services tailored to their needs.
The 211-telephone line connects users with vital community and social resources, close to home and specific to their needs. From basic needs like housing and food, to support for seniors and children, to responding to crisis situations.
In partnership with the United Way, Yukon 211 is funded by the Government of Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and works with 211 services across Canada. The Yukon 211 service is provided by bc211, a non-profit that has been connecting people with community information and referral for over 50 years.
Crime Stoppers is a community, media and police co-operative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime.
Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a vehicle to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime. A reward of up to $2000 is offered to anyone providing information, leading to an arrest, recovery of stolen property, or the seizure of illegal drugs.
If you are worried about illegal drugs, alcohol, prostitution, or gaming in your building or on your street, The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act (SCAN) gives you a way to report your concerns and take back your neighbourhood.
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) is a law enforcement agency within the Department of Justice. SCAN investigators are peace offices who can carry out investigations and shut down illegal activity.
Building and Renovating
New Housing Initiatives
The Housing Initiatives Fund provides capital grants for new affordable housing across the Yukon. It can be used for new rental housing or new home ownership options.
There are three (3) streams this year:
- Shovel Ready (Whitehorse);
- Shovel Ready (Rural); and
- Project Concepts.
Eligible projects must include a minimum of four affordable units in Whitehorse and one unit in communities.
This year, additional consideration will be given to projects that aim to meet the needs of seniors, tenants earning less than Yukon Housing Corporation’s household income limits, homeless or youth (aged 18-25) and First Nations projects. Projects may include a commercial component; however, any commercial portion of a project is not eligible for funding.
The Housing Initiatives Fund can be combined with other government programs.
Right to Privacy
As a landlord it’s necessary to collect personal information from your potential tenants and tenants have a right to privacy. Their personal information is protected under The Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). It is important to understand and apply this information to the collection, use, storage, and disposal of a tenants personal information.
The IPC provides review and resolution made by public bodies and health custodians in response to access to information under the Access to information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA and the Health Information Act (HIA).
PIPEDA applies to private-sector organizations across Canada that collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of commercial activity.
Organizations covered by PIPEDA must generally obtain an individual’s consent when collecting, using, or disclosing that individual’s personal information. People have the right to access the personal information held by an organization. They also have the right to challenge its accuracy.
Personal information can only be used for the purposes for which it was collected. If an organization is going to use it for another purpose, it must obtain consent again. Personal information must be protected by appropriate safeguards.
Human rights are the fundamental rights that every person in the world is inherently entitled to. They include the rights to liberty, dignity, and respect, and to live free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.
In Yukon, human rights are protected by Canada’s Constitution and by international, federal, and territorial instruments.
The Canadian Human Rights Act of 1977 protects people in Canada from discrimination when they are employed by or receive services from the federal government, First Nations governments, or private companies that are regulated by the federal government such as banks, trucking companies, broadcasters, and telecommunications companies. The Canadian Human Rights Act protects against harassment or discrimination based on one or more grounds of discrimination such as race, age, and sexual orientation.
The Yukon Human Rights Act promotes and protects human rights in Yukon. The act protects specifically from discrimination against people based on ancestry, including colour and race, national origin, religion or creed, age, sex, including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, criminal charges or criminal record, political belief, association or activity, marital or family status, source of income and actual or presumed association with any of these grounds. People are protected from discrimination in areas of employment, receiving goods and services (including government and private business), housing, leasing, or renting, membership in, or representation by, trade unions or professional associations and public contracts.
The Yukon Human Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing and administering the Act. The Yukon Human Rights Commission also promotes equality and diversity through research, education, and policy information on human rights.
Non-Profit Landlord Organizations
The Yukon Residential Landlord Association (YRLA) is a non-profit organization formed as a Coalition in 2010 and in 2011 registered under the Societies Act of the Yukon Territory. The members own and manage residential rental properties ranging from one to several hundred units, including apartments, houses, and secondary suites. Under the leadership of an elected volunteer Board of Directors, the YRLA provided a strong voice for Yukon Landlords in response to the Yukon government’s public survey to the proposed NEW Landlord and Tenant Act (RLTA). The YRLA played an active role in the development of the new Act and Regulations.
The YRLA is working to develop educational programs, resources, and support services to enhance professionalism within the industry.
Resources for Yukon Landlords
There are many forms that Yukon landlords and tenants may need over the course of a tenancy. This site contains standard forms provided by the Residential Tenancy Office including forms to start and end a tenancy, as well as forms for dispute resolution.
Resources change regularly; however, the Yukon Landlord Resources overview provides a starting point.
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