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B.C. Renters Face Biggest Rate Hikes In A Decade

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, CMHC, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Rent Control

B.C. Renters Face Biggest Rate Hikes In A Decade

An extra $1,080 a year on a median one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver. The B.C. government has released its 2019 rental guidelines dictating exactly how much landlords can hike the rent by, and tenants may want to brace themselves. The maximum allowable rental increase for 2019 is 4.5 per cent, up from this year’s cap of four per cent and the biggest allowable increase since 2004, when hikes were limited at 4.6 per cent. The rental increase is based on the provincial government’s...

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Ontario urges Morneau to be ‘bold’ amid competitiveness fears

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Ontario urges Morneau to be ‘bold’ amid competitiveness fears

Two members of Doug Ford’s cabinet are urging Finance Minister Bill Morneau to take “bold action” in his fall economic update to address a drumbeat of warnings about eroding Canadian competitiveness, according to a letter exclusively obtained by BNN Bloomberg. Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Jim Wilson, the province’s minister of economic development, sent a letter to their federal counterparts on Friday urging them to focus on capital investment expensing as a...

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Belleville: Housing Crisis Main Theme of Mayoral All-Candidates

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Belleville: Housing Crisis Main Theme of Mayoral All-Candidates

Belleville Mayoral candidates will face residential landlords in the Quinte region at an upcoming all candidates meeting. The Quinte Region Landlord Association is hosting a Belleville mayoral all candidates meeting on Monday September 24 6:30pm in Belleville. The main theme of the meeting will be the local housing crisis and how landlords are being handcuffed by government policy to improve the situation. “We have a lot of upset members who would like to ask about key municipal issues which...

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Rent control is doing little to curb Toronto’s soaring rents

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Rent control is doing little to curb Toronto’s soaring rents

Do stricter rent control laws slow the increase in residential rents? Housing advocates and left-leaning governments believe they do. However, recent data from Ontario appears to offer further proof that this is not the case. In April 2017, Ontario’s then-Liberal government introduced the Rental Fairness Act, which expanded rent control to all private rental units. The Act restricted rent increases to 1.5 per cent in 2017 and introduced additional provisions to protect tenants from being...

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Bank of Canada holds interest rate at 1.5% amid NAFTA negotiations

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Bank of Canada holds interest rate at 1.5% amid NAFTA negotiations

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz held borrowing costs steady Wednesday as policy makers await the outcome of NAFTA negotiations, but reiterated “gradual” hikes will eventually be warranted because the economy is at capacity. The Ottawa-based central bank left its overnight benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent on Wednesday, as expected by 20 of 21 economists in a Bloomberg survey, after raising a quarter percentage point at its last decision in July. The statement introduces...

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Rentals.ca August 2018 Rent Report

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Rentals.ca August 2018 Rent Report

While the media often talks about the skyrocketing rent prices in Vancouver and Toronto, in August, most major Canadian cities saw a drop or a minor increase month-over-month. The largest jumps were actually in suburban communities and smaller cities. Aside from Halifax – where rent has crept up for one bedrooms – the East Coast is holding steady. National Rankings Looking at housing in terms of overall rental prices rather than rent increases and decreases, it’s clear that Toronto and...

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Calgary has more cranes than New York

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Calgary has more cranes than New York

Calgary’s housing market continues to struggle, but one real estate-related index could signify renewed confidence in the western Canadian city. According to the latest RLB Crane Index, which twice a year tracks the number of cranes in 13 major North American cities, there are more cranes set up in Calgary than in New York. With 26 cranes in the city as of June, Calgary tied with San Francisco for seventh on the index, while New York had 20. At last count in November, Calgary claimed 22 cranes...

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“Canada Just Got Played”: How Mexico Stabbed Canada In The Back

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“Canada Just Got Played”: How Mexico Stabbed Canada In The Back

In what was the biggest economic news of the day, Donald Trump concluded bilateral trade negotiations with Mexico, a deal which he called the US-Mexico Trade Agreement (profiled previously) and which will replace the trilateral NAFTA which has – for now at least – been scrapped until Canada also comes to the negotiating table and hammers out an agreement with the US (read: concedes), from a position of weakness and virtually no negotiating capital. There were some odd twists in the...

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Alberta projects deficit drop of $1B in first-quarter update

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Alberta projects deficit drop of $1B in first-quarter update

Alberta’s finance minister says the court decision putting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in legal limbo won’t affect the long-term plan to rid the province of red ink by 2024. Joe Ceci says the province is relying on revenues not just from the Trans Mountain expansion but other pipeline projects as well, such as the Line 3 expansion from Alberta to Wisconsin and the Keystone XL line to the U.S. Gulf Coast. “There are a number of assumptions, not just (Trans Mountain.) We...

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Trump slams Canada’s ‘decades of abuse’ after NAFTA talks stall

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Trump slams Canada’s ‘decades of abuse’ after NAFTA talks stall

President Donald Trump slammed what he termed “decades of abuse” by Canada with a new threat to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, a day after talks with the U.S.’s northern neighbour stalled hours before a deadline. “There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal. If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out,” Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. “Congress should not interfere w/these...

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