City of Vancouver and Province of BC: Freeze the Rent

The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver increased 20% from $1,740 to $2,090 in the past year alone (from July 2016 to July 2017). This now exceeds the entire income of someone working full-time at the minimum wage -- about $1839 a month ($11.35/hour on Sept 15). People have nothing left for eating out, buying clothes, or otherwise contributing to the local economy.

If rents continue to increase 20% annually for four years, the average one-bedroom will cost $4,350 by the 2021 civic elections. Vancouver needs a Rent Freeze now. Therefore, we the undersigned, are calling on the Vancouver City Council to:

  • Declare a “Housing State of Emergency”and officially support a 0% rent increase over the next four years

  • Negotiate with the provincial government to set the maximum allowable rent increase at 0% for the next four years within the City of Vancouver.

Furthermore, to ensure that landlords do not circumvent the Rent Freeze:

  • Stop renovictions by only granting renovation permits if the landlord demonstrates that any tenants forced to vacate will be allowed to return at previous rents

  • Negotiate with the provincial government to ban “no-cause” evictions and to tie rent-control to the unit.

These steps do not cost much to implement, but they will make a huge differences in people’s lives.

 

Who's signing

Tara Burkhardt
Iulia Sincraian
Don Walchuk
Sarah Richardson
Urszula Sulinska
Michael Humberset
Misha Gaudry
Kathy Shimizu
Ryan Sherry
Esther Shannon
Lorna Morrison
Renato Pereira
Mariana Oliveira
Sladjana Buhovac
Ryan Schebek
Roberta Staley
Carl Macdonald
Sydney Hart
Rosanne Gervais
Marion Pollack
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  • Tara Burkhardt
    signed 2018-07-20 21:27:38 -0700
  • Iulia Sincraian
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  • Don Walchuk
    signed 2018-03-20 16:33:09 -0700
  • Sarah Richardson
    signed 2018-03-07 08:35:53 -0800
  • Urszula Sulinska
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  • Michael Humberset
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  • Misha Gaudry
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  • Kathy Shimizu
    signed 2017-10-09 17:51:22 -0700
  • Ryan Sherry
    signed 2017-10-09 10:31:49 -0700
  • Esther Shannon
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  • Sydney Hart
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  • Rosanne Gervais
    signed 2017-09-27 02:34:32 -0700
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  • Marion Pollack
    signed via 2017-09-20 09:15:20 -0700