Rentals

Toni Russell holds up a copy of Bill 44, which removed the ability for stratas to ban rentals or use 19+ age restrictions. Now the strata at Cherry Lane Towers where she lives is trying to turn the condo complex into a 55+ community. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Okanagan senior fighting to keep condo strata from becoming 55+ only

Toni Russell is concerned about the impact to her financial future

 

FILE - B.C. announced a $500 million Rental Protection Fund on Jan. 12. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Eby following through on $500M promise to put more rentals in hands of B.C. non-profits

Funds aim to take control away from speculators looking to bump up prices or evict tenants

 

The province has informed the Municipality of North Cowichan that it has no intention of regulating rent increases by landlords when one tenant moves out and another moves in. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province won’t regulate rent increases between vacancies, North Cowichan hears

Housing minister responds to North Cowichan’s request for regulation

 

B.C. Minister of Housing and Government House Leader Ravi Kahlon speaks during an announcement in Vancouver on December 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. doubling staffing of unit that resolves landlord-tenant disputes

Complainants sometimes waiting months for decisions to be made

B.C. Minister of Housing and Government House Leader Ravi Kahlon speaks during an announcement in Vancouver on December 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A condo building is seen under construction surrounded by houses as condo towers are seen in the distance in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday March 30, 2018. Vancouver has the most expensive rent in Canada with the average price of a one-bedroom going for $2,633 per month in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

National average rent rose to a record $2,024 in November: Rentals.ca

On average, renters are paying $224 more per month compared with a year ago

A condo building is seen under construction surrounded by houses as condo towers are seen in the distance in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday March 30, 2018. Vancouver has the most expensive rent in Canada with the average price of a one-bedroom going for $2,633 per month in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Under-construction condo building Centennial Court in Langford is offering an alternative path to home ownership which a UVic economist said is an example of the innovation needed in the housing market as both rent and purchase costs continue to grow beyond the reach of many. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Under-construction condo building Centennial Court in Langford is offering an alternative path to home ownership which a UVic economist said is an example of the innovation needed in the housing market as both rent and purchase costs continue to grow beyond the reach of many. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The average monthly rent in Victoria last month of $1,870 for a one-bedroom unit was 13.4-per-cent higher than the same time in 2021, and was ninth-highest on a list of 35 Canadian cities. (Black Press Media file photo)

One-bedroom rent rises in May to an average of $1,870 a month in Victoria

Canadian renters see largest increase in 3 years between April and May

The average monthly rent in Victoria last month of $1,870 for a one-bedroom unit was 13.4-per-cent higher than the same time in 2021, and was ninth-highest on a list of 35 Canadian cities. (Black Press Media file photo)
RidgeView Place, formerly known as Danbrook One, is undergoing structural remediation work to allow it to welcome back renters in the near future, owner Centurion Asset Management Inc. said. (Photo Courtesy of Centurion Asset Management Inc.)

‘Structural systems upgrade’ nearing completion on Langford highrise, owner says

Work being conducted by companies not involved with the original Danbrook One build

RidgeView Place, formerly known as Danbrook One, is undergoing structural remediation work to allow it to welcome back renters in the near future, owner Centurion Asset Management Inc. said. (Photo Courtesy of Centurion Asset Management Inc.)
Habitat for Humanity Victoria is hoping to form a partnership with the City of Colwood to help both parties increase affordable housing in the community. (Photo contributed by Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Colwood exploring new partnerships to increase affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity Victoria and the Community Social Planning Council have approached the city

Habitat for Humanity Victoria is hoping to form a partnership with the City of Colwood to help both parties increase affordable housing in the community. (Photo contributed by Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset, as houses line a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Home sales across Metro Vancouver remained well above the 10-year average in September, but the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says prices haven’t climbed as sharply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Home demand still outstrips supply in Metro Vancouver but price hikes slow: report

Composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver just under $1.2 million

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset, as houses line a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Home sales across Metro Vancouver remained well above the 10-year average in September, but the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says prices haven’t climbed as sharply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
While the B.C. government recently strengthened protections for tenants facing renovictions, Victoria is looking to protect renters by putting forth its own bylaw to address any gaps that remain. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Victoria to target gaps that still exist after B.C. strengthens renoviction protection

City to draft bylaw that aims to assist displaced tenants, preserve rental rates

While the B.C. government recently strengthened protections for tenants facing renovictions, Victoria is looking to protect renters by putting forth its own bylaw to address any gaps that remain. (Black Press Media File Photo)
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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

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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

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)
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

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
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)
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)
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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)
GMC Projects CEO Jordan Milne, left, and vice-president of development, Tonny Kiptoo flank a Lydia Beauregard art piece that will embrace future tenants of the Adelphi Block building in downtown Victoria. (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

GMC Projects CEO Jordan Milne, left, and vice-president of development, Tonny Kiptoo flank a Lydia Beauregard art piece that will embrace future tenants of the Adelphi Block building in downtown Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
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