N.W.T. public housing tenants in arrears could face eviction
Tenants in arrears have until Friday to sign up for a repayment plan
Posted: Mar 29, 2012 4:00 PM CT
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2012 5:08 PM CT
Public housing tenants who are in arrears have until Friday to sign up for a repayment plan or face eviction.
The NWT Housing Corporation’s moratorium on evictions will be lifted April 1st – Friday is the last day to sign up for a repayment plan. But the corporation says few people have signed up to tackle their arrears.David Stewart, president of the NWT Housing Corporation, said they have given tenants in arrears plenty of time to set up repayment plans ahead of the April 1 deadline. (CBC)
"I think we've been pretty flexible with residents in terms of the types of repayment plans that they can enter into, so rather than leaving it and having outcomes that maybe not anybody wants to see, they would be really well advised to enter into some kind of repayment plan," said David Stewart, president of the corporation.
Any tenant who has missed one month’s rent is automatically required to enter into the payment plan. If they do not, they could be evicted within the next month.
To date, tenants and former tenants owe the corporation more than $13 million in unpaid rent. Housing corporation clients in Inuvik, N.W.T., are reportedly the best with paying rent on time, while Whati, NW.T., clients have the worst collection rate at 17 per cent.
The housing corporation says it’s clear some local housing organizations need support to help those in arrears to keep a roof over their heads.
This weekend, the corporation will launch an electronic program to help keep track of local housing organizations which need their help.
The April 1 deadline was set in January.
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