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Saskatchewan Rental Housing Industry Association (SRHIA) Geographic area served: All of Saskatchewan, including Regina, Saskatoon, smaller cities, towns and rural areas.

PAULA SIMON Chief Executive Officer

Association establishment: Under a different name, the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Industry Association was incorporated in 1994. The current name was adopted in 1998. (The short form, SRHIA, is pronounced as “shree-ah.”)

Main occupation: SRHIA CEO

Total unit count of SRHIA members: over 35,000 rental units throughout Saskatchewan The main SRHIA roles: To assist owners and managers of rental housing by informing them of issues affecting the industry, promoting fair rental housing legislation and creating opportunities to manage properties more effectively and efficiently. The most important issues facing SRHIA today: s -ANAGINGTHENEW4ENANT!SSISTANCE0ROCESS4!0 WHICHPROVIDES a recourse for tenants facing rent increases above 10%. As a process run by the industry itself, TAP is unique to Saskatchewan. Through mediation by experienced landlords, TAP addresses rent increases which raise rents to amounts above market levels. Under TAP, SRHIA sometimes provides information to tenants about the rent supplement program operated by the government to assist tenants with low incomes to afford adequate housing. s !SSISTING IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A #RIME &REE -ULTI (OUSING program in Regina. s !DDRESSING THE IMMINENT ROLLOUT OF MANDATORY RECYCLING PROGRAMS for multi-residential properties in Saskatoon and Regina. The most important challenges SRHIA faces: s %NSURING THAT MEMBERS TAKE REASONABLE POSITIONS ABOUT RENT increases in TAP, to continue to avoid government-run rent control. s %NFORCINGTHE32()!#ODEOF#ONDUCT FORTHEGOODOFALLLANDLORDSIN Saskatchewan. s %NSURINGTHAT/FlCEOF2ESIDENTIAL4ENANCIESCONTINUESTODEALFAIRLYWITH the concerns of landlords, and to provide timely hearings and orders.

26 april 2014

Most rewarding aspect of leading SRHIA: The phenomenal growth SRHIA has experienced. The Association had increased substantially between 2008, when I took the position of Executive Officer, and 2012. Then in November, 2012, the Residential Tenancies Act was amended to make SRHIA the one approved association of landlords, whose members are able to raise rents more easily than non-members. That resulted in a tripling of the number of members. The key thing Paula would change in rental housing: The stereotyping of the industry implying that “All landlords are either slumlords, or money hungry.” KRIS FIGURSKI President (a rotating volunteer position) Main occupation: Property manager/Area director of residential rental properties Most rewarding aspect of leading SRHIA: The success the SRHIA Board has achieved thorough coming together in a real team effort in order to lobby the provincial government and avoid government-run rent control. The key thing Kris would change in rental housing: More accurate knowledge by the general public about the negative effects of government-run rent control, and the positive things that the rental housing industry does in providing housing that is more flexible and less costly than home ownership: for new immigrants, for low-income residents, and for people who choose to rent. RHB

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