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ADVOCATES TURN TO COURTS TO STOP EVICTIONS AMID GROWING DISTRUST OF ONTARIO TENANCY TRIBUNAL

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Legal, Newsworthy, Tenancy Law

ADVOCATES TURN TO COURTS TO STOP EVICTIONS AMID GROWING DISTRUST OF ONTARIO TENANCY TRIBUNAL

By the time Stephanie Cox turned to a Hamilton divisional court earlier this month to protect her client from imminent eviction, she says she’d tried and failed 28 times to deliver a legal document to Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). With barely more than a week to appeal the decision and little hope of reaching the board in time, the legal clinic lawyer bypassed the tenancy tribunal’s review process and went to court. Within 36 hours, she’d won a stay,...

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WHY HOUSING AFFORDABILITY WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN CANADA

Posted in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Vacancy Rates, Zoning

WHY HOUSING AFFORDABILITY WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE IN CANADA

In the turmoil of 2020, a crucial issue — housing affordability in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver — has fallen somewhat off the radar. But the fundamental problem remains. Housing supply growth is failing to keep pace with housing demand. This interpretation of the facts shouldn’t be controversial. Yet it is. Why? Because some analysts focus on “supply side” factors such as how much housing is being built while others focus more on demand. Curiously, no matter how much “supply” advocates...

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NOVA SCOTIA CAPS RENT INCREASES AT 2% AND BANS ‘RENOVICTIONS’ DURING PANDEMIC

Posted in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

NOVA SCOTIA CAPS RENT INCREASES AT 2% AND BANS ‘RENOVICTIONS’ DURING PANDEMIC

In the face of what advocates say is a growing housing crisis that includes ballooning rent costs forcing people out of their homes, the Nova Scotia government is stepping in with a cap on increases and a ban on so-called renovictions. “Too many Nova Scotians are struggling to afford a place they call home,” Housing Minister Chuck Porter said Wednesday. “Now is not the time for people to be worrying about keeping a roof over their heads or being forced to find a new home for...

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LARGE MULTI-FAMILY PORTFOLIOS LISTED IN VANCOUVER

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

LARGE MULTI-FAMILY PORTFOLIOS LISTED IN VANCOUVER

For decades Vancouver had the highest rents and the lowest vacancy rates in Canada, creating a multi-family mega-market that turned small landlords into paper millionaires and attracted and entrenched some of the biggest players in the business. But the pandemic has hardened anti-landlord legislation and honed the razor-thin margins in a city now characterized by soaring costs and restricted incomes. B.C. rent increases have been frozen since March and are expected to remain locked until the...

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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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INVESTMENT PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION SAYS RENT CONTROL DOESN’T WORK

Posted in Affordable Housing, Association News, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control

INVESTMENT PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION SAYS RENT CONTROL DOESN’T WORK

The Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia says rent control is not the solution to HRM’s lack of affordable housing. Kevin Russell is the group’s executive director, and tells News 95.7’s the Todd Veinotte Show, research around the world shows rent control doesn’t work. “It stifles investment in investment properties for residential units… and when rent control is in a jurisdiction investors pull out and move to another jurisdiction and this...

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TORONTO AND VANCOUVER OUTDO MOST U.S. MARKETS

Posted in Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Vacancy Rates

TORONTO AND VANCOUVER OUTDO MOST U.S. MARKETS

Canada has a numerically slight presence with disproportionate weight in Lee & Associates’ newly released third quarter commercial real estate results. The overview of 44 markets across the United States along with Toronto and Vancouver purports to be a North American report — encompassing about 2.1 billion square feet in office, industrial and retail assets and 600,000 multifamily units in the two Canadian cities, and 36.7 billion square feet of the same property types and 17.3 million...

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NEW APARTMENT SURVEY REVEALS FIVE KEY TRENDS

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Newsworthy, Vacancy Rates

NEW APARTMENT SURVEY REVEALS FIVE KEY TRENDS

How we live and work is changing quickly and that’s changing what renters want and what landlords need to consider. A new CBRE survey of more than 80 Canadian apartment landlords with over 200,000 units nationwide shows how the multifamily sector has been impacted by COVID-19 so far. Apartment owners say that apartments are doing well in terms of vacancy and rent collection. Tenants are saying that they’ll be looking for new features that will allow them to be safe and productive at home. Here...

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INVESTORS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AFTER SIGNS OF ECONOMIC REBOUND

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

INVESTORS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AFTER SIGNS OF ECONOMIC REBOUND

The latest results from Altus Group’s Investment Trends Survey (ITS) for the 4 Benchmark asset classes show that the Overall Capitalization Rate (OCR) was little changed at 5.14% in Q3 2020, but grew from 5.01% in the same quarter last year (Figure 1). While the impact of COVID-19 on market conditions persists, investors are cautiously optimistic as the end of the year approaches. With strong industrial demand being boosted by the pandemic, the industrial sector continues to remain resilient...

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RENT CONTROL IS BAD FOR RENTERS, BUT GOOD FOR POLITICIANS

Posted in Housing, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

RENT CONTROL IS BAD FOR RENTERS, BUT GOOD FOR POLITICIANS

Rent Control as a Means of Buying Votes Ontario’s modern history of rent control legislation began during the 1975 election campaign, when it was actively promoted by the New Democratic Party (NDP). This was the stagflation era, and the NDP conveniently ignored Canadian monetary policy as a major contributing factor to price inflation—7.8 percent in 1973, 11 percent in 1974, 10.7 percent in 1975—including higher rents, preferring instead to talk about “horror stories of individuals and bad...

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