Who needs It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on Whatever Street as pre-Christmas entertainment, when Vancouver’s new dust-busting council is on the go?
Tomorrow will be the first council meeting with real business and a chance to see Dr. Penny Ballem in the city manager’s chair.
In the meantime, Vision councillors have a raft of motions on the new agenda to kick off their new era. Among them is Councillor Tim Stevenson’s motion to ask the provincial government to stiffen up the Residential Tenancy Act.
That has apartment owners and sellers in a tizzy, warning that council is “attempting to influence the provincial government.” Uh, boys, that’s what they do every day of the week. It’s their job.
Anyway, my guess is that most of the actions in Stevenson’s are unlikely to go anywhere with this government or even, in a parallel universe, an NDP government. A nice gesture, though.
There is a chance the provincial government might move to provide a few more protection for renters, given that their NPA friends probably told them that, in the recent civic election, the NPA couldn’t even get renters to talk to them. Maybe because they feel like they’ve been thrown out to the wolves the last few years, as they grappled with rising rents, economic evictions, demolitions, a zero vacancy rate, and everything else that strikes fear into the heart of renters. By the way, the latest CMHC report came out today and the vacancy rate is now at 0.3 per cent.
Anyway, this is what’s going around in the landlord-type circles.
From: Mark Goodman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 4:38 PM
Subject: The Goodman Report: Councillor’s plan to protect renters is a recipe for slums
In today’s Vancouver Sun, in the front page article Councillor’s plan to protect renters is a recipe for slums, columnist Don Cayo writes, “Specifically, it calls on the province to amend the Residential Tenancy Act to require landlords to allow tenants evicted for the purpose of renovations to reoccupy their units once renovations are completed at the same rent as they were paying prior to the renovation.” David Goodman is on record in the forgoing article decrying the fact that Vancouver city council is advocating that landlords “subsidize tenants by making new investments that are guaranteed to show no return.”
Further, Mary Francis Hill writes in The Vancouver Sun today on the same topic.
Included in Councillor Stevenson’s and Mayor Robertson’s motion to go towards Council next Tuesday, Dec 16th include:
- “First right of refusal” for rental tenants whereby landlords cannot raise rents even after substantial renovations
- Giving the City the authority to demand improvements on apartment buildings wherever and whenever they deem necessary
- Eviction notices to extend from 60 to 90 days
- Landlords to report to the Residential Tenancy Branch annually all turnovers, rent increases, and reasons for eviction.
To better appreciate the serious ramifications of Council’s initiative, please
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