Moratorium on evictions from public housing ends
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 10:50 AM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - A moratorium on evictions from public housing is over and the NWT Housing Corporation says not everyone behind on their rent took advantage of the reprieve.
The moratorium on evictions over unpaid rent was announced in December and lasted until April 1st.
The president of the NWT Housing Corporation, David Stewart, said they had hoped everyone owing rent would set up a repayment plan and the result was somewhat unexpected.
"I am surprised actually,” said Stewart. “I think the repayment options that we are providing are very flexible and require the tenants to really start [at] a fairly minimal basis to pay back the outstanding arrears."
If local housing offices aren't able to collect enough of their rent Stewart said it can impact the amount of money they have to spend on maintenance.
"So there is a direct correlation between clients and tenants willingness to pay their rent and the ability to maintain good quality units," said Stewart.
Stewart said just last year arrears amounted to eight hundred thousand dollars.
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