Swanson said a major problem affecting renters in older Vancouver buildings involves landlords evicting tenants to renovate the building, and then sending rental rates skyrocketing once renovations are complete. She said people can’t afford that kind of increase, leading to people paying extra hundreds of dollars per month, or leaving the city altogether.
“The impact for the city is that we lose affordable housing stock so that the people who actually do the work here — the people who work at Starbucks, that work at other retail stores, that work in hospitals, that serve our beer, serve our food — they won’t be able to afford to live here.” — Jean Swanson, Vancouver city councillor
Swanson also said that people commuting in to Vancouver for work because they can’t afford to live in the city has a negative impact on the environment — as people commute into the city, they bring pollution from their cars.
She’s pleased that parts of the plan were passed — and her next focus will be to make sure that the city implements those strategies straight away.
Nobody from the Vancouver Tenant’s Union or LandlordBC was immediately available for comment.
— With files from Darrian Matassa-Fung.