Archive for December, 2008

Vancouver Council’s 2009 Plan Includes Requesting Right of First Refusal

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Many Seafield Apartments residents went to council to speak in support of Councillor Tim Stevenson’s motion to request needed amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act from the province. Some of the suggestions made by Seafielders, most notably those made by our own Brian Broster, were implemented as amendments to the motion.
By Jackie Wong
The West Ender
In [...]

Seafield Residents Celebrate the Season and Their Community

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Refusing to let our eventful summer and fall dampen our spirits, Seafielders held our annual Christmas hall-i-day party last week. With the hall at Seafield Apartments full of close friends, food and Christmas treats, Seafielders celebrated not only the holidays, but also one more month together as a community (the best gift any of us [...]

Vancouver City Councillor Calls for Increased Protection for Renters

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

By: Jackie Wong
The West Ender
Vancouver’s rental vacancy rates will remain below one per cent in 2009, according to the latest rental-market report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The report, released last week, shows that Vancouver has a rental-apartment vacancy rate of 0.3 per cent, one of the lowest rates in the Lower [...]

Vancouver Tenants Fight Renovictions

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

By Chris Wirth
Special to The Epoch Times
A newly-coined word, “renoviction,” has come into use in certain circles in Vancouver. It describes a trend in which landlords are evicting tenants for renovations and then raising the rent – often by as much as 50 per cent.
Housing advocates claim landlords are exploiting a provision in the B.C.’s [...]

Councillor Stevenson Urges Eviction Protection for Tenants

Friday, December 12th, 2008

The “right of first refusal”, which Tim Stevenson is suggesting, is used in Ontario to combat evictions for unnecessary renovations designed to gouge profits and take advantage of a tight rental market. It has effectively removed the financial incentive for landlords to evict tenants for unnecessary renovations. Despite popular belief that this law will result [...]

Unhappy Renter Sets Record Straight

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Mark Moore, a Seafield resident in Vancouver, wrote this letter in response to “Renters brace for reno, eviction” appearing in the Courier on November 7, 2008, to correct several errors in the story. The correction appeared in the Courier on Wednesday, November 19, 2008.
To the editor:
I am a tenant of Seafield Apartments, the building profiled [...]

Pet Owners at Emerald Terrace Fight Eviction Threat

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

By Jackie Wong
The West Ender
If his apartment building’s management had its way, Andrew Simmons would have surrendered his three cats to an animal shelter by now. A seven-year tenant at the Hollyburn Properties-owned Emerald Terrace apartments at 2045 Nelson Street, Simmons received a “No Pets Policy” notice from the company, dated November 24, which gave [...]