Housing eviction a pathway to drug use, Vancouver-based study finds

By Marina Wang Vancouver’s housing crisis may also be fuelling the city’s drug epidemic, according to a new peer reviewed study by a group of Vancouver-based researchers. A longitudinal study published earlier this year found that housing eviction had a

Vancouver police not keen to crack down on Airbnb pop-up brothels

By Drew Penner For those of us raised on school films that took us through skid row, and fictional mayor Dominic Da Vinci’s introduction of a red-light district on CBC, we realize Vancouver’s a city with unique problems requiring innovative

Massive commercial operators continue to run illegal Airbnb hotels in Vancouver despite City of Vancouver’s “crack down”

Suite Living, who claim to be one of the largest furnished rental companies in Vancouver, has been promoting multiple STRs in Vancouver and Richmond through their website and Airbnb. Currently, it remains illegal to run STRs for less than 30

Realtors question legality of new taxes as foreign buyers exit cooling Vancouver housing market giving locals hope

By Drew Penner Within real estate circles, the effect of new taxes aimed at foreign buyers cashing in on Vancouver’s superheated housing market has been palpable. Shawn Anderson, a realtor with Engel & Völkers Vancouver, says the change has been

Vancouver vigilante tells illegal Airbnb operators to stop being “social parasites,” gets results

By ThinkPol Staff A Vancouver vigilante who sends private messages to illegal Airbnb operators in the city asking them to stop being “social parasites” has convinced at least one such host to put a unit back on the long term

Nearly 3 in 4 Vancouver houses sold for below asking in February

By ThinkPol Staff Nearly three in four Vancouver detached houses sold for less than the asking in February, with over half going for below assessment, MLS sales data show. The MLS sales data, jealously guarded by the real estate industry,

Researcher highlights impact of deporting immigration lawbreakers

By Drew Penner In February, when a federal judge refused to throw out the deportation order for a Chinese family found guilty of fudging papers to stay in Canada, many cheered, thinking about all the potential housing they dreamed that

Hong Kong tycoon linked to offshore tax havens flipping $18M Vancouver house through shell company

By ThinkPol Staff A Hong Kong property tycoon known as the “King of Shell Companies,” whose name appears in the Offshore Leaks database of tax haven clients, is trying to sell a house in Vancouver Westside for $18.88 million after

Airbnb profile linked to Empty Homes Tax dodging scheme disappears as advocates pile on the pressure

By Drew Penner Affordable housing advocates are up in arms about a businesses they worry is harnessing the power of what they consider two of the Vancouver’s greatest woes – investment properties sitting empty and the rise of short-term vacation

Most Vancouver houses sold for below assessed value in February

By ThinkPol Staff More than half of all Vancouver detached houses sold for below assessment in February, with some going as low as 24% below, MLS sales data show. The MLS sales data, jealously guarded by the real estate industry,