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News Release: "Landlords & Tenants are in this together," - CRRA

March 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
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NEWS RELEASE

“Landlords and Tenants are in this together,” Calgary Landlord Association says

Association encourages tenants to communicate if facing financial difficulty

CALGARY, March 26, 2020 - The Calgary Residential Rental Association (CRRA) is encouraging tenants to communicate early and often with their landlord if they are in danger of defaulting on some or all of their rent.

“Landlords understand the difficulties many tenants face in the current crisis, who may have had their incomes cut off without notice. Most of our members are small business owners with one or two rental units, who are facing similar fears and financial pressures,” said Gerry Baxter, Executive Director of the CRRA.

“Our members have been, and want to continue, helping tenants who need it most. Unfortunately, they can’t help everyone. They too have monthly bills to pay. That is why it is so important for tenants to establish ongoing communication with your landlord if you are danger of defaulting on some or all of your rent.”

It is also why, short of a complete inability to pay, it is important that rent cheques be paid on time. Residential housing providers need to focus available resources on assisting those tenants in most dire need.

As a service to both landlords and tenants, the CRRA has compiled links to income supports and emergency measures governments are making available to individuals in need. The Association also praised the province’s approach in allowing flexibility to deal with situations one-on-one rather than applying a blanket policy of no evictions, which would be extremely harmful to the rental industry.

“We are in this together. Many landlords are not eligible for mortgage deferrals from their banks. By working together, we can both pay our bills and continue to look after the needs of our residents during these uncertain times,” concluded Baxter.

For media enquiries or interviews, please contact:

Gerry Baxter, Executive Director

403-265-6055

gerry@crra.ca 

 

About the Calgary Residential Rental Association

The Calgary Residential Rental Association (CRRA) is a member based not-for-profit formed in 1959. Our more than 800 members include owners and managers of residential rental properties, affordable housing organizations, and businesses that provide tertiary support to landlords’. Member companies range in size from one person companies to large businesses in Calgary and include apartments, houses, and secondary suites with holdings of over 70,000

 

 


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