Files for BC's New Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson Jul 18, 2017

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Files for BC's New Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson Jul 18, 2017

What Can We Expect from the NDP Housing Minister?

http://www.rew.ca/news/what-can-we-expect-from-the-ndp-housing-minister-...

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‘Massive effort’ underway to create database that will shed light on Canada’s housing market

http://www.vancouversun.com/massive+effort+underway+create+database+that...

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Tapping ‘Patient Capital’ to Fund Affordable Rental Housing

New models tap socially conscious investors seeking fair returns and a better community.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/07/26/Patient-Capital-Affordable-Rental-Hou...

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Landlords were able to charge 3.7 % rent rate increase in 2017 in BC, while in 2016 they were stopped at a 2.9% increase, however when someone vacates their apartment the landlord often jacks up the rent by 10% or 15% because of the unawareness of the unsuspecting new tenants. WTF!

 

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Unawareness has nothing to do with it, NorthReport.

We surely all understand that if a landlord tells a tenant who's currently paying $1200/mth that starting immediately they'll be paying $1800/mth, that's a problem.  And rental increase guidelines address that problem.

But if an apartment is vacant then for a landlord to "hike" the rent doesn't mean a tenant gets gouged.  It's just a vacant apartment. 

If a prospective tenant views that apartment and doesn't feel it's worth $1800/mth then they won't sign the lease... right?  They're not suddenly "behind the 8-ball" or something -- it's just another thing that someone wants too much money for, and aren't we all equipped to deal with that?  It's no different from someone who wants to sell you their generic mountain bike for $1800.  No, thanks.

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What Do We Mean By ‘Affordable Housing?’

If we’re to solve this crisis, we need to agree on what defines affordability, and for who.

 

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/08/07/Affordable-Housing-BC/

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Everytime someone moves, landlords get carte blanche to jack up the rents as much as they can I'm sure is the purpose of the rentalsman.

 

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Unawareness has nothing to do with it, NorthReport.

We surely all understand that if a landlord tells a tenant who's currently paying $1200/mth that starting immediately they'll be paying $1800/mth, that's a problem.  And rental increase guidelines address that problem.

But if an apartment is vacant then for a landlord to "hike" the rent doesn't mean a tenant gets gouged.  It's just a vacant apartment. 

If a prospective tenant views that apartment and doesn't feel it's worth $1800/mth then they won't sign the lease... right?  They're not suddenly "behind the 8-ball" or something -- it's just another thing that someone wants too much money for, and aren't we all equipped to deal with that?  It's no different from someone who wants to sell you their generic mountain bike for $1800.  No, thanks.

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Come on Ms Robinson protect BC tenants and roll back these horrific increases that few can afford

https://www.straight.com/news/955601/bc-tenants-are-about-get-hit-larges...

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Come on Ms Robinson protect BC tenants and roll back these horrific increases that few can afford
">https://www.straight.com/news/955601/bc-tenants-are-about-get-hit-larges...

What do you think the unintended consequences of rolling back rental increases would be?

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Chinese Government Woos Local Politicians With UBCM Event

‘Highly irregular and inappropriate’ for foreign government to play convention role, says watchdog.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/09/13/Chinese-Government-Local-Politicians/

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Everybody has their hand out it seems, but public libraries are valuable community resources. 

B.C. municipalities call on province to reverse cuts on funding for public libraries

https://www.straight.com/news/968411/bc-municipalities-call-province-rev...

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Say what!

City of North Van council rejects ban on corporate, union donations

http://www.nsnews.com/news/city-of-north-van-council-rejects-ban-on-corp...