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MINISTER VOWS TO INTERVENE AS IRAC ALLOWS P.E.I.’S HIGHEST-EVER RENT HIKES FOR 2023

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MINISTER VOWS TO INTERVENE AS IRAC ALLOWS P.E.I.’S HIGHEST-EVER RENT HIKES FOR 2023

The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has set limits on maximum allowable rent increases that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023 — the highest on record — and Prince Edward Island’s Progressive Conservative government is vowing to fight them. In a statement released Wednesday, IRAC said a maximum allowable rent increase of 5.2 per cent will apply for unheated rental units or those heated with sources other than furnace oil. The same rate of increase will apply for rental mobile home...

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VACANCY CONTROL ULTIMATELY HARMS RENTERS

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VACANCY CONTROL ULTIMATELY HARMS RENTERS

Vacancy control would tie rent controls to a unit rather than the tenant. Currently, rental owners have the flexibility to adjust rents between tenants to account for building and unit upgrades and other increased costs such as property taxes, insurance and utilities, all of which are skyrocketing out of control. Vacancy control would remove this critically important tool. If rent is tied to the unit, the incentive for a rental owner to ensure necessary upgrades, including seismic and energy...

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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12 2022 NEWSREEL WITH KERRY CHANDLER

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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12 2022 NEWSREEL WITH KERRY CHANDLER

For weeks we’ve been waiting for the BC government to announce the province’s maximum allowable rent increase for 2023. To no one’s surprise, instead of calculating the allowing rent increases tied to inflation, the BC government capped it at 2%. We cover the headlines.

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ONTARIO NDP MPP’S PLAN TO REINTRODUCE BILL TO ENSURE NEW TENANTS PAY WHAT THE LAST TENANTS PAID

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ONTARIO NDP MPP’S PLAN TO REINTRODUCE BILL TO ENSURE NEW TENANTS PAY WHAT THE LAST TENANTS PAID

Ontario NDP MPPs say they plan to reintroduce a bill that would prevent landlords from raising the rent for new tenants beyond the guideline set by the province and ensure new tenants pay what the last renters paid. Jessica Bell, who represents University-Rosedale in Toronto, told reporters at Queen’s Park on Wednesday that the private member’s bill would help to stabilize rents in Ontario at a time when they are skyrocketing. “We want to ensure that everyone in Ontario lives...

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TENANT UNION CALLS FOR ALBERTA TO INTRODUCE RENT CONTROL TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY, SAFETY CONCERNS

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TENANT UNION CALLS FOR ALBERTA TO INTRODUCE RENT CONTROL TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY, SAFETY CONCERNS

A group representing renters’ rights is calling for rental rates to be capped and for added tenant protection in efforts to improve rental affordability in Alberta. A small crowd organized by Acorn Canada rallied outside McDougall centre on Thursday morning, as the tenant union works to establish a Calgary chapter. The organization says it represents low and middle income renters struggling amid rising rental costs, and the effects of inflation on groceries and other bills. “More...

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CALGARY TENANTS GROUP PUSHES FOR RENT CONTROL, EVICTION PROTECTION

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CALGARY TENANTS GROUP PUSHES FOR RENT CONTROL, EVICTION PROTECTION

A group of Calgary renters is organizing to advocate for better tenants’ protections in the city. The ACORN Tenant Union began in Calgary this June, looking to represent and advocate for low- and middle-income renters in the city. As of Thursday, their membership list had reached more than 1,100. That count includes Jordie Hoffman, a University of Calgary student who has lived in four different rental units in the past year, finding difficulties securing housing as Calgary’s market sees rising...

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B.C. STILL UNDECIDED ON ANNUAL RENT INCREASE FOR 2023, BUT COMMITS TO BELOW INFLATION

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B.C. STILL UNDECIDED ON ANNUAL RENT INCREASE FOR 2023, BUT COMMITS TO BELOW INFLATION

The B.C. government says it’s still working to determine how much landlords can raise rents in 2023, but is committing to it being below the rate of inflation. In late June, the province said an announcement about the increase would be made in July. At the time, David Eby, then the minister responsible for housing, told CBC News the increase would need to be balanced between not making life more unaffordable for renters, while supporting landlords in maintaining properties. The Housing...

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RENT CAP A VICE-LIKE TRAP FOR LANDLORDS IN NOVA SCOTIA

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RENT CAP A VICE-LIKE TRAP FOR LANDLORDS IN NOVA SCOTIA

Amanda Knight lives in Pictou County and continues to own rental properties in Colchester and Pictou counties, having recently sold her building in Colchester County. She is a member of the board of directors of the Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia. Earlier this year, I decided to sell one of my multi-unit properties, as I can no longer afford to cover housing costs for my tenants. Over the last few years, I have enjoyed buying older properties in Colchester and Pictou...

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WEEK OF JULY 25 2022 NEWSREEL WITH GUEST HOST JESSICA RUMEO

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WEEK OF JULY 25 2022 NEWSREEL WITH GUEST HOST JESSICA RUMEO

This week we’re covering the city of Toronto’s decision to file suit over Ontario’s Bill 184 and the agenda behind vacancy rent control.

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WEEK OF JULY 4 2022 NEWSREEL WITH KERRY CHANDLER

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WEEK OF JULY 4 2022 NEWSREEL WITH KERRY CHANDLER

Today we’re talking  – rent control and vacancy decontrol, the government, advocacy groups and how they hurt both tenants and the industry.

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