Archive for May, 2009

More Renovictions, What Next For Vancouver Renters?

Sunday, May 24th, 2009
In the wake of the provincial election results and an April ruling that granted a landlord’s request for excessive rent increases,renters in British Columbia are more at risk than ever before say tenants’ rights activists.
“Extreme rent increases or the threat of losing your home due to renovations that are really market-driven evictions in disguise are [...]

Mole Hill Residents Facing Geographic Rent Increases

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

There’s more bad news for West End renters as another group of tenants are battling geographic rent increases.
The “low-end of market” residents of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society  were recently served with notice of extraordinary rent increase through the  RTO.
The society plans to increase rents over two years, with requested increases of up to [...]

Rent Hikes Threaten Mole Hill Residents

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

By Jackie Wong
The West Ender
It’s not easy these days to raise a family in Vancouver on a modest income, but living in affordable rental housing should help to make the financial burden a little lighter. That’s why Arwen Brenneman and her husband, John, applied to live in the West End’s Mole Hill housing complex when [...]

NDP Candidate Slams West End Renovictions

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Incumbent NDP candidate Spencer Herbert spoke to evicted tenants in Vancouver’s West End Monday, re-stating his party’s promise to end the series of “renovictions” in the province.
Herbert held the press conference on the steps of the Berkeley apartment building on Bute St., after all of the building’s remaining tenants were served eviction notices over the [...]

Tenants at The Berkeley Face Renovictions

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Residents at 990 Bute Street were just issued eviction notices for “renovations”, Seafielders learned.
Residents at The Berkeley were told last summer by representatives of their landlord, Satnam Singh Gandham, that they would be evicted for renovations and that they should make their way out.
They’ve been living in fear of losing their homes ever since, with [...]

West End Candidates Square off Over Rental Act

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By Jackie Wong
The Tyee
NDP and Green Party campaign signs dominated the entranceway to the Vancouver-West End all-candidates debate at the Coast Plaza Hotel yesterday afternoon, reflecting strong audience support for incumbent NDP MLA Spencer Herbert and returning Green Party candidate Drina Read, who both ran in the fall 2008 by-election in the former Vancouver-Burrard riding.
Herbert [...]