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LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD IMPROVING SERVICES

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

LANDLORD AND TENANT BOARD IMPROVING SERVICES

The Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is improving its operations and enhancing the quality of dispute resolution for the thousands of people across the province who access its services. The LTB is transforming its services to meet the needs of landlords and tenants by: Conducting hearings by telephone, video and in writing, where feasible. Shifting resources to prioritize scheduling hearings. Conducting case management hearings for contested L2 applications to end a tenancy and evict a tenant....

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NO RENT INCREASES IN B.C. UNTIL AT LEAST JULY 2021

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

NO RENT INCREASES IN B.C. UNTIL AT LEAST JULY 2021

The province of B.C. says it is taking steps to ensure ongoing housing security for renters who might be facing financial challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic health regulations. In a statement, the province said it is extending the freeze on rent increases until July 10, 2021, under the powers of the Emergency Program Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act. It said it is an “interim measure” to provide stability and advance notice for renters and landlords, while the newly formed...

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VANCOUVER COUNCIL TO CONSIDER QUARTET OF HOUSING MOTIONS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

VANCOUVER COUNCIL TO CONSIDER QUARTET OF HOUSING MOTIONS

Vancouver city councillors are set to debate a handful of housing motions aimed at expanding affordable options for residents and protecting and aiding renters as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on. Some of the four motions, slated for Tuesday’s chockablock council session, simply call on the province to resolve the issues, while others push staff to explore in-house solutions. Here’s a look at what councillors will be considering. Motion: A closer look at tiny homes and shelters What to know:...

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RENTAL HOUSING ZONING COULD CAUSE SOME LAND VALUES TO DROP BY UP TO 30%: CITY OF VANCOUVER

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Zoning

RENTAL HOUSING ZONING COULD CAUSE SOME LAND VALUES TO DROP BY UP TO 30%: CITY OF VANCOUVER

There is little doubt that Vancouver is in need of additional rental housing as one of the measures to improve housing affordability. As a result of COVID-19, the previously hot rental housing market has somewhat softened from reduced migration and the lower number of international students. It is important to note that these supply and rent conditions are temporary and there continues to be a demand for new supply, now and over the long term. New projects approved during the current economic...

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INCLUSIONARY ZONING IN THE CITY OF TORONTO – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Zoning

INCLUSIONARY ZONING IN THE CITY OF TORONTO – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The City of Toronto is moving forward with proposed inclusionary zoning policies which have been released in draft form for public consultation. The purpose of inclusionary zoning is to increase the supply of affordable housing for low to moderate income households by establishing policies and by-laws to require a certain percentage of new development to contain affordable housing. The City’s proposed policies would be implemented within strong and moderate market areas that are limited...

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MAJOR ZONING MOVE COULD BRING MORE MULTI-UNIT LOWRISES TO OTTAWA’S CORE

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Development, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

MAJOR ZONING MOVE COULD BRING MORE MULTI-UNIT LOWRISES TO OTTAWA’S CORE

Older neighbourhoods in Ottawa could soon see more lowrise apartment buildings popping up between houses as the city updates its zoning rules in an attempt to encourage more rental units. The changes to what are known as R4 zones are four years in the making, and stem from the city’s earlier issues with illegal rooming houses in neighbourhoods such as Sandy Hill and Old Ottawa South. City staff closed a loophole allowing the rooming houses a few years ago, but also saw them as a symptom...

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VANCOUVER TO CONSIDER ELIMINATING MINIMUM PARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW BUILDINGS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Development, Exterior Building, Industry Trends

VANCOUVER TO CONSIDER ELIMINATING MINIMUM PARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW BUILDINGS

A new motion by Vancouver city councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung calls for the consideration of the abolition of parking minimums — the minimum number of on-site parking spaces that must be provided by newly constructed buildings, according to municipal regulations. She says there is a growing trend amongst North American cities of reassessing parking capacity requirements against housing and environmental considerations. The City of Edmonton approved the complete elimination of parking...

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BRITISH COLUMBIA 2020 AND 2021 RENT INCREASES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

BRITISH COLUMBIA 2020 AND 2021 RENT INCREASES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

2020 Rent Increase: 2.6% 2021 Rent Increase: 1.4% 2020 Rent Increases Rent Increase Notices served in December 2019 would have had an effective date of April 1, 2020. In late March there was a Ministerial Order which delayed these increases and any future increases to the end of the Provincial State of Emergency. Through a change to the Residential Tenancy Regulations, this new effective date was changed from the end of State of Emergency to December 1, 2020. This change means that any rent...

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TORONTO IS FINALLY STARTING TO ENFORCE ITS OWN SHORT TERM RENTAL RULES

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TORONTO IS FINALLY STARTING TO ENFORCE ITS OWN SHORT TERM RENTAL RULES

Next month, nearly three years after city council voted to crack down on Toronto’s booming (and largely-unregulated) Airbnb market, government officials will at long last start enforcing their own hard fought-for short term rental rules. The city announced the news on Tuesday, warning all Toronto residents who rent out their homes for less than 28 days at a time that they’ll need to register as short-term rental operators by the end of this year. “Beginning September 10,...

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RENT HIKE IN B.C. IS FROZEN, BUT PROVINCE SAYS LANDLORDS CAN EVICT

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RENT HIKE IN B.C. IS FROZEN, BUT PROVINCE SAYS LANDLORDS CAN EVICT

A payment plan has been set out for renters in British Columbia who haven’t been able to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic as a government moratorium on evictions ends on Sept. 1. Renters in arrears between March 18 and Aug. 17 will have until at least next July to pay back the money owed to landlords. The government says landlords and renters need to work out a payment plan with the extra payment due with the monthly rent. The province has also extended its prohibition on rent...

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