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

Andrea Papineau
Darren Chang
judy Hanazawa
Emily Miranda
Rami Katz
Jane Buckshon
Rachel L
Connie Hubbs
Xiaolin Zheng
Cathy Henatyszen
Rebecca Brewer
Felicity Estrin
Lauren Byrne
Wendy Pedersen
Marlee Laval-Collacott
Daniel Tseghay
Sarah Korba
Marina Classen
Catherine Munn
Sarah Tarcea
Derrick O'Keefe
Heather Lamoureux
Tim Kennelly
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  • Andrea Papineau
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  • Jane Buckshon
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  • Connie Hubbs
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  • Lauren Byrne
    signed 2017-08-03 07:14:12 -0700
  • Wendy Pedersen
    signed 2017-08-03 06:29:33 -0700
  • Marlee Laval-Collacott
    signed 2017-08-02 23:33:53 -0700
  • Daniel Tseghay
    signed 2017-08-02 23:00:16 -0700
  • Sarah Korba
    signed 2017-08-02 22:21:01 -0700
  • Marina Classen
    signed 2017-08-02 20:34:19 -0700
  • Catherine Munn
    signed 2017-08-02 19:42:39 -0700
  • Sarah Tarcea
    signed 2017-08-02 19:27:51 -0700
  • Derrick O'Keefe
    signed 2017-08-02 17:53:00 -0700
  • Heather Lamoureux
    signed via 2017-08-02 15:28:56 -0700
  • Tim Kennelly
    signed 2017-08-02 15:19:58 -0700