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Eviction complaints soar in B.C.’s hot rental market as landlords break rules to secure higher rent

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Eviction complaints soar in B.C.’s hot rental market as landlords break rules to secure higher rent

Story by: Matt Robinson, Postmedia News Patty Gazzola had rented her Commercial Drive-area home for 29 years by the time she was evicted in the spring. The 69-year-old Vancouver woman was told by her landlord that her house had been sold and that the buyer or a close family member of the buyer intended to live in it. She was given two months to get out. “It was a shock,” she said in a recent interview. But after Gazzola moved out of the home at 1828 Graveley St., the new owners never moved in,...

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B.C. Liberals To ‘Get The Blame’ As Vancouver Home Sales Plunge 85%

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B.C. Liberals To ‘Get The Blame’ As Vancouver Home Sales Plunge 85%

Story by: The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Daniel Tencer B.C.’s Liberal government will likely take a political hit for their decision to impose a foreign buyer tax on the Greater Vancouver housing market, even though the city’s housing correction began before the tax took effect, a report from Capital Economics says. “We would be amazed if B.C.’s Finance Minister, Mike de Jong, doesn’t get the blame when Vancouver house prices are falling next year,” the report said.   “By the time the...

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Canada Post union leaders frustrated by lack of answers at annual meeting

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Canada Post union leaders frustrated by lack of answers at annual meeting

Story by: Ross Marowits in Montreal and Terry Pedwell in Ottawa, The Canadian Press Union leaders attending Canada Post’s annual meeting were left frustrated Friday as the Crown corporation refused to provide details on its calculations on the cost of the union’s latest contract proposals. Canada Post has estimated the union’s demands surrounding pensions and pay equity would cost $1 billion. CUPW president Mike Palecek repeatedly asked Canada Post officials to spell out how...

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Improving Living Conditions in Rental Apartment Buildings – Program Review

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Improving Living Conditions in Rental Apartment Buildings – Program Review

Overview The City is seeking input from the public on creating a new program to improve living conditions in rental apartment buildings. The goals of the program are to: Improve access to information Increase tenant engagement Promote best practices in building maintenance Strengthen enforcement The proposed program includes the current building audit program, new requirements for landlords as well as website improvements to provide more information to the public on rental housing in Toronto....

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Olympics on Social Media? Be careful!

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Olympics on Social Media? Be careful!

Story by: Sarah Rodrigues, The Skyline Group of Companies With the Olympics opening this past weekend, this seems like a great opportunity to engage with your residents online. Your company might be tempted to jump on social media to congratulate athletes, share Canadian pride, or hold an Olympic-themed contest. These are just some of the things that are completely off-limits to non-sponsor brands during the Olympics, since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) updated its guidelines this...

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Economists go to battle over foreign investor influence on the housing market

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Economists go to battle over foreign investor influence on the housing market

Story by: Garry Marr One economist calls in complete nonsense while another wonders how anyone can suggest foreign investors are not having an influence on the market. Without naming anyone, Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter has called out a report from Wednesday which suggested it was “complete nonsense” that price gains in Toronto were justified based on foreign buying, among other issues. “It appears that not everyone believes, as we do, that a recent rapid escalation in foreign...

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How B.C.’s self-regulation failed

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How B.C.’s self-regulation failed

Story by: Jean Sorensen B.C. Premier Christy Clark has stripped the Real Estate Council of B.C. of the privilege of self-regulation and a report by the council-appointed Independent Advisory Group (IAG) points to a lack of clout and culture as two main reasons the system failed. The controversy started with stories in The Globe and Mail reporting on shadow-flipping, Realtors allowing foreign buyers to use their addresses to avoid taxes and an agency urging homeowners to low-ball their house...

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Liberals’ Relationship With Unionized Workers Under Pressure

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Liberals’ Relationship With Unionized Workers Under Pressure

Justin Trudeau said he was convinced unionized workers would vote Liberal. The Liberal leader was about to fly to a campaign stop on the east coast instead of taking part in any Labour Day activities, and there were six weeks left in the election campaign. It was enough time to convince organized labour to back the Liberals instead of the New Democrats, he said at the time. The Liberals respected organized labour, he added, vowing a new relationship after years of abysmal relations under the...

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Judge finds tenant “gaming the system”

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Judge finds tenant “gaming the system”

Story by: Matt Maurer An Ontario Superior Court Judge has expressed his hope that legislative changes will be made to stop unscrupulous tenants from “gaming the system”. The facts of the case are straightforward and rather appalling. The tenant entered into an agreement to lease a condominium in downtown Toronto starting in September 2015. The rent for the first month cleared but the rent for October bounced. The tenant has not paid another cent since that time, although he continued to reside...

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Federal government invests $150 million for affordable housing in B.C.

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Federal government invests $150 million for affordable housing in B.C.

Story by: Laura Kane, The Canadian Press The federal government has announced it will invest $150 million in affordable housing in British Columbia, as real estate prices in the province continue to skyrocket. The money will be spread out over the next two years and is part of the $2.3 billion the Liberal government pledged to spend on affordable housing in the 2016 budget. Jean-Yves Duclos, federal minister of families, children and social development, announced the funding on Sunday with...

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