NDP demand provincial housing strategy after landlord mortgage default leads to eviction

It was in October that Jennifer Fuller moved in with her partner.

Shortly after moving in, they were told they had to move out as their landlord had defaulted on their mortgage.

With Fuller in attendance, the Offical Opposition called on the Sask. Party to address the province’s country-leading mortgage default rate, four times higher than the national average.

“We were very confused and scared because we had just committed to this place,” she said. “We were worried about what was going to happen. We really felt like the rug had been pulled out from under us.”

“You hear about this happening to people, but you don’t expect this to happen to you.”

Fuller said that she felt that they should have been protected as it was their landlord you weren’t paying, not them.

“We were lucky enough that we have family and friends nearby, but if we were here by ourselves and we didn’t have people to lean on, we easily could not have had a place to live.”

The NDP is also calling on the Government to implement an affordability plan to address cost-of-living pressures leaving people on the streets.

NDP Leader Carla Beck said Saskatchewan should be where people want to work and live.

“Sadly, more and more Saskatchewan people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads as Scott Moe makes life more expensive by increasing taxes and hiking power and energy bills.”

Housing Critic Meara Conway said with a surplus of cash, the Sask. Party government needs to be helping the Saskatchewan people.

“Hardworking people who don’t normally struggle are having a hard time balancing their kitchen table budgets at the end of every month,” she said. “When more and more Saskatchewan people can’t keep up on their bills and lose their homes due to no fault of their own, you know Moe’s affordability plan simply isn’t cutting it.”

The Saskatchewan NDP called on Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government for a comprehensive provincial housing strategy, adding to the suite of affordability measures proposed since March.

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