News About Tim Stevenson

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 [...]

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 [...]