A motion to protect renters in Vancouver from “renovictions” and “aggressive buyouts” was passed unanimously by city council on Tuesday night.
#VanCityCouncil unanimously approves amended motion for UB-1 – Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buy-Outs.
Next meeting is City Finance and Services meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. See agenda: https://t.co/SHNci1LnMw
— Vancouver City Clerk (@VanCityClerk) December 5, 2018
The motion, put forward by Councillor Jean Swanson and entitled Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buyouts, calls for the city to immediately amend its Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy to:
- Apply to all forms of rental accommodation, all areas of Vancouver and to
all permits which will result in the temporary or permanent displacement
- Require landlords to offer displaced tenants the opportunity to temporarily
move out for the necessary duration of the renovations without their
leases ending or rent increasing, in accordance with the Residential
Tenancy Act and the Residential Tenancy Branch Policy Guideline 2 of
It also resolves that the city:
- Devise methods to keep track of all apartment buildings sold in Vancouver and immediately provide affected tenants with information as to their
tenancy rights by mail.
- Explores measures, including changes to the Vancouver Charter if necessary, to regulate and publicly register all tenant buyouts.
- Immediately and forcefully call on the province to implement effective vacancy controls for British Columbia, or alternatively, to give Vancouver the power to regulate maximum rent increases during and between tenancies.
Swanson tweeted her satisfaction of the result and credited the “courage” of tenants who risked “being blacklisted and evicted,” for their part in getting the motion passed.
Tenants who organized & spoke to City Council: you made this partial win possible. You did it with your eloquence and genuineness, and with your commitment and courage, and by sticking your neck out and risking being blacklisted and evicted — that takes a lot of courage. #vanpoli pic.twitter.com/E7eMsDLDqT
— Jean Swanson (@swanson4council) December 5, 2018
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