Category Archives: Housing

Vancouver family forced to camp out for weeks before finding affordable home

By Staff Writer In the early spring, Jackie Myerion and Jesse Kirkpatrick, a Vancouver couple in their thirties, pitched a tent in the idyllic Crab Park overlooking the Vancouver Harbour. Their two kids, age seven and nine, thought they were camping

New licencing bylaw drops short-term rental postings down by 47 per cent

By Staff Writer A bylaw implemented to reign in Vancouver’s short term housing market seems to be effective, according to the City of Vancouver. Listings for short term rentals on sites such as Airbnb, Expedia, and Kijiji have dropped from

New off-campus housing market opens for students that can’t get into residence

By Staff Writer Many new students to British Columbia that are short of making it on the SFU or UBC housing list are being forced to find accommodation off-campus, and a handful of new agencies have sprung on the opportunity

Woman using townhouse as Airbnb hostel taken to court

By Marina Wang The City of North Vancouver is asking the Supreme Court to step in on the case of woman running her townhouse unit like a hostel on Airbnb. Emily Yu rents out 14 to 15 beds to short-term

What’s in a name? Study criticizes planning of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by examining place names

By Marina Wang A new study uses critical toponymy, or the historical and political implications of place-naming, as a lens to critique Vancouver Downtown Eastside’s Local Area Planning Process (LAPP). The study examined how various naming conventions around the neighborhood

Most Vancouver houses sold below assessment in May

By ThinkPol Staff The number of Vancouver detached houses selling below assessed value in May outnumbered those selling for more, with some going as low as 32% below, making it the fourth month in row that a majority of Vancouver

David Eby invites opponents to protest at his housing town hall

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbia Attorney General David Eby is inviting opponents to protest outside his Housing Town Hall 2.0 scheduled for Monday. “There is adequate protest space outside, and we expect media to attend and cover any protest that

On the Fringes: Surrey’s Affordability Defence Strategy

By Drew Penner The general wisdom on a place like Surrey is that it has escaped the worst ravages of Airbnb ascendancy, maintaining its identity as a place Canadians new and old can go to make serious strides towards financial

Vancouver Airbnb hosts caught using fake licences

By Lisa Tanh Several local Airbnb hosts have been caught abusing the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaws. Concerned citizens took to Twitter to expose a number of hosts who are using one short-term rental business licence for multiple

“Vancouver’s becoming a safety deposit box for the global rich!” – developer seeking billions in tax dollars for affordable housing pitches city’s “hot real estate” to buyers in China

By ThinkPol Staff with files from Lisa Tanh “Vancouver is becoming a safe deposit for the global rich!” Those are the words[1]Original: http://www.westbankcorp.cn/media/141.html Archive:http://archive.is/jdxTy used to promote Vancouver real estate in China by luxury real estate developer Westbank, whose owner