Rentals

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B.C. rent freeze to end in January 2022 with 1.5% maximum allowable increase

Rents have been frozen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Critics of Victoria’s new Rental Property Standards of Maintenance bylaw don’t believe it is doing enough to protect tenants. (Black Press Media file photo)

Critics question effectiveness of new Victoria rental maintenance bylaw

New bylaw lays out minimum maintenance standards for landlords

 

A man walks past an affordable housing complex, being constructed in Charlottetown’s Hillsborough Park area, on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Seven provinces have signed on to a federal rent assistance program created as part of the national housing strategy, three more than the Liberals have announced, newly released documents show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

More provinces sign up for rent benefit as Liberals set up promised housing council

Indigenous housing providers are pushing for the government to finally unveil a plan

 

Victoria has the fourth most expensive rental market, according to PadMapper’s November 2020 rent report. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Cost to rent a Victoria two bedroom up 15 per cent from 2019

PadMapper’s latest rent report shows Victoria prices continue to soar

Victoria has the fourth most expensive rental market, according to PadMapper’s November 2020 rent report. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Eviction notice letter pasted on front door of a house (B.C. Tenants photo)

Tenants’ union calls on B.C. government to reinstate eviction ban

Union says people shouldn’t be evicted during a pandemic

Eviction notice letter pasted on front door of a house (B.C. Tenants photo)
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B.C. extends freeze on rent increases to July 2021 as second wave of COVID-19 continues

Rent increases have been frozen in B.C. since March 2020

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NDP Leader John Horgan pauses while responding to questions during a campaign stop, in Vancouver, on Monday, October 12, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. New Democrats promise renter’s rebate, rent freeze as parties ready for debate

The plan also includes making a cap on rent increases permanent

NDP Leader John Horgan pauses while responding to questions during a campaign stop, in Vancouver, on Monday, October 12, 2020. A provincial election will be held in British Columbia on October 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Renae Podgorney said she’s been “held hostage” by a lack of rentals. The mother of two has been living out of a hotel room for the past year. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

‘It’s a nightmare’: Northern B.C. family desperate after living in hotel for a year

Renae Podgorney says because of a lack of rentals, she’s now applying to rent a one-bedroom unit

Renae Podgorney said she’s been “held hostage” by a lack of rentals. The mother of two has been living out of a hotel room for the past year. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
GMG Projects vice-president of development, Tonny Kiptoo, perches atop the loft ladder in a suite in the Adelphi Block. An original back-of-building cigarette ad was discovered and preserved and adds a unique decorative element to the room. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Heritage revitalization project in downtown Victoria a labour of love for developers

The tiny Adelphi Block offers unique living spaces, urban lifestyle on busy Old Town corner

GMG Projects vice-president of development, Tonny Kiptoo, perches atop the loft ladder in a suite in the Adelphi Block. An original back-of-building cigarette ad was discovered and preserved and adds a unique decorative element to the room. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

Single mom struggles as supplement was her saving grace

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms
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Q&A: What B.C. renters and landlords need to know during the pandemic

Did you pay your rent May 1? Did you receive rent? Your rights and the rules

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In March 2020, the province unveiled its rental supplement program as thousands of renters worried about paying their monthly bills due to COVID-19’s strain on the economy. The fund, which provides $300 to $500 is in addition to the $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers. (Pixabay photo)

LandlordBC calls for province to increase COVID-19 rent supplement

Many renters are paying more than 30 per cent of their income on rent, making $300-$500 too low, association says

In March 2020, the province unveiled its rental supplement program as thousands of renters worried about paying their monthly bills due to COVID-19’s strain on the economy. The fund, which provides $300 to $500 is in addition to the $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers. (Pixabay photo)
B.C. Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Premier John Horgan announce rent supplement paid to eligible landlords for COVID-19 relief, March 25, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. Housing Minister Selina Robinson and Premier John Horgan announce rent supplement paid to eligible landlords for COVID-19 relief, March 25, 2020. (B.C. government)
A sign hangs in the window of a west Toronto apartment on Thursday March 19, 2020. B.C. is one of multiple provinces that has put a moratorium on evictions amid COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

A sign hangs in the window of a west Toronto apartment on Thursday March 19, 2020. B.C. is one of multiple provinces that has put a moratorium on evictions amid COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
More than 100 homes are listed on AirBnB in Esquimalt. All of them are listed illegally. (Screenshot/Airbnb.com)

More than 100 illegal short-term rental suites listed in Esquimalt

The Township works on a complaint-based system to pursue bylaw breakers

More than 100 homes are listed on AirBnB in Esquimalt. All of them are listed illegally. (Screenshot/Airbnb.com)
Saanich resident Vernon Lord has started a petition to oppose the proposed bylaw amendments that would increase the number of unrelated occupants allowed in one home. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich residents petition against letting six unrelated people live together

‘Support for the ‘leave it at four’ is growing,’ says the resident

Saanich resident Vernon Lord has started a petition to oppose the proposed bylaw amendments that would increase the number of unrelated occupants allowed in one home. (Black Press Media file photo)
A digital rendering of what the Harris Green Development could look like. (File contributed/ IBI group for Starlight Developments)

Up to 1,500 new rental units proposed for Victoria

More than a million square feet of rental units proposed for downtown Yates Street development

A digital rendering of what the Harris Green Development could look like. (File contributed/ IBI group for Starlight Developments)
Rental accommodation is hard to find in many B.C. communities. (Flickr)

Renters, landlords to be quizzed on B.C. problems

Premier John Horgan now has dozens of policy reviews underway

Rental accommodation is hard to find in many B.C. communities. (Flickr)