Archive for April, 2009

Carole James Vows to Protect Renters

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Doug Ward
Vancouver Sun
The NDP would amend the Residential Tenancy Act to prevent landlords from using minor renovations as an excuse to sharply raise rents, party leader Carole James pledged Sunday in Vancouver.
James told a crowd of about 100 West End residents that an NDP government would close a loophole that allows landlords to evict [...]

Legislation Permits Evictions, Rent Increases

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By: Kristen Thompson
Metro Vancouver
Renters at the Berkeley Apartments on Bute Street yesterday joined the fight to amend the Residential Tenancy Act and protect Vancouverites from what they call unjust evictions.
West Enders, along with local NDP MLAs and B.C. NDP Leader Carole James, gathered outside the three-storey building where tenants recently received letters saying eviction notices [...]

Rents to Rise 38 Percent at the Seafield

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Jackie Wong
The Tyee
An eight-month tenant-landlord battle in Vancouver’s West End came to a head this week following the public release of an April 2 decision from the Residential Tenancy Office that allows the new landlords of the Seafield apartments to issue 38 per cent rent increases to nine of the 14 units in the [...]

Way Cleared for 38% Hike in Heritage Apartment Rent

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Globe and Mail
VANCOUVER — A Residential Tenancy Branch decision has cleared the way for rent increases of up to 38 per cent, or about $500 a month, for a majority of units in the Seafield Apartments, a heritage West End building whose tenants had banded together to fight the increases.
Residents of the building, who [...]

Huge Rent Increases on the Mainland Could Affect All British Columbians: Group

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Adam Stirling
C-FAX 1070
A group calling itself “renters fight back” says the Campbell Government is making it easy for landlords to charge outlandish rent increases to their tenants.
Stephen Hammond is with renters fight back.
Hey says a recent ruling at “Seafield Apartments” in Vancouver’s West End shows that rent control is effectively dead in B.C.
“Most of [...]

Tenants Balk at ‘Enormous’ Rent Increase

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Tenants of a West End apartment building are facing as much as 40 per cent rent increases, or $471 a month, after a ruling by the Residential Tenancy Office allowed their landlord to raise rents to that of comparable suites.
Advocates say renters all over B.C. should be wary of the decision at Seafield Apartments, because [...]

38% Rent Increase Upsets West End Residents

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Residents at Seafield Apartments in Vancouver’s West End are facing a 38 per cent rent increase following a decision by the Residential Tenancy Office (RTO) Thursday.
Many residents are upset since the increase will make their rent unaffordable, according to New Democrat MLA Spencer Herbert.
The increase will affect nine units at Seafield, with rents [...]

Massive Rent Hikes Feared: Spencer Herbert

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By John Colebourn
The Province
Win by West End landlord sparks concerns
A decision by the Residential Tenancy Branch allowing rent hikes of 40 per cent in a West End Vancouver apartment is like Christmas for landlords, a tenants’ advocate said Thursday.
“It’s Christmas everyday for landlords now,” said Stephen Hammond, an organizer with
“It’s just a matter of [...]

Provincewide Rent Control ‘Effectively Dead,’ MLA Says

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Darah Hansen
Vancouver Sun
Renter advocates say tenants across British Columbia should brace themselves for “staggering” rent hikes in the wake of a decision giving a Vancouver corporate landlord the right to bump up rents in an apartment building by almost 40 per cent.
“Provincewide rent control is effectively dead as we know it,” said Spencer Herbert, [...]

West End Tenants Facing Huge Rent Increase

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Katharine Sawchuk and Dave White
NEWS 1130
Tenants in Seafield Apartments in Vancouver’s West End have been handed a 38 per cent rent increase. This is due to a regulation in the Residential Tenancy Act which lets landlords increase the rent if they can prove it’s significantly below market value.
Christine Ackerman with Renters at Risk says [...]

Vancouver Rent Dispute Ends in Split Decision by Arbitrator

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

CBC News
The Residential Tenancy Branch has handed down a split decision in a dispute between a group of tenants in the west end of Vancouver and their landlord.
The owners of the Seafield Apartments had applied to raise the rents in the building by as much as 73 per cent, well above the four per cent [...]

Seafield Residents’ Rent Increase Indicates End of Rent Control says Spencer Herbert

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

By Sandra Thomas
The Courier
West End NDP candidate Spencer Herbert says a decision by the Residential Tenancy Office to allow an almost 40 per cent rent increase at the Seafield Apartments in the West End signals the end of rent control.
“Rent control is effectively dead in this province,” said Herbert, who represented the former Vancouver-Burrard riding [...]

Seafielders Unhappy With 38% Rent Increase

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Seafielders learned that an up to 38% rent increase has been granted to their landlords by the Residential Tenancy Office after the tenants’ evidence “wasn’t considered” by the Dispute Resolution Officer.
The rent increase will affect nine units out of 14 at the Seafield. Two bedroom units are the most affected, with rents soaring up to [...]

Vancouver Council Eases Rules for Olympic Rentals, Calls on Province to Prohibit Evictions

Friday, April 10th, 2009

By Matthew Burrows
Georgia Straight
Vancouver city council today (April 9) relaxed a bylaw to make it easier for landlords and homeowners to rent dwellings during the 2010 Olympics.
In the city services and budgets committee meeting, councillors also called on the province government to amend the Residential Tenancy Act to prohibit evictions between June 1, 2009 and [...]

“Renters Fight Back” by Evicting Gordon Campbell

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

In 2004, the BC Liberals changed the residential tenancy act, allowing landlords to evict tenants for renovations.
On October 26, 2008, Seafielders (along with some folks at Renters at Risk) met with Provincial Housing Minister Rich Coleman to discuss the loopholes in the residential tenancy act, and to ask him to do something about it. At [...]