Nanaimo St. Demoviction Raises Doubts About Tenant Protection Policy

Tenants at 326 Nanaimo are facing demoviction and have joined VTU hoping to secure the rights and compensation afforded them by the Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy (TRPP). All tenants are vulnerable, low income, and have been paying significantly lower than CMHC average rent for the area. Continue reading

Acting Fast under Threat of Sahota Evictions

VTU organizers were alerted in late August that as many as 20 tenants in two buildings on Wall St. had received eviction notices Continue reading

Vancouver Tenants Union Creates Fund For Multilingual Tenant Organizing

[Solheim Place tenants in April, 2019 Photo Credit: Nat Lowe] July 7, 2019 VTU members voted unanimously in favour of a new “Language Access Fund” Continue reading

Marpole Chapter Launches

Tenant organizers in Marpole gathered at Marpole Neighbourhood house on July 23, 2019 to help create another new chapter of the VTU. Continue reading

Telling Tenancy Stories Through Sound

VTU members collect tenant stories and partner with a youth arts mentorship program to create audio podcasts about housing. Above: Kell Gerlings leads a discussion on housing and social action. Photo courtesy of VIVO Media Arts Centre Continue reading

July 2019 General Meeting

Over 50 VTU members, including many new volunteers, gathered at the Carnegie Community Centre on July 6th. Here's what happened... Continue reading

Vancouver Council Expands Tenant Relocation Policy - But Not Much Else

Following Cllr Jean Swanson’s motion to protect tenants from renovictions and aggressive buyouts - which VTU members rallied council to pass last December - city staff completed their final report back and recommendations... Continue reading

Renters Demand a Green New Deal

On May 25, 2019 the VTU hosted a town hall discussion focused on the intersection of tenant struggles and the Pact for a Green New Deal: an ambitious policy platform to retool and restructure the economy to face the crisis of climate change within the next decade and democratize society in the process. Continue reading

Tenants Still Fighting Renovictions as Laws Slowly Shift

  Five months after the disappointing Rental Housing Task Force report, the provincial government is still dragging its heels on action against renovictions and other tenant protections. Continue reading

Demoviction: Hastings-Sunrise Seniors Fighting to Stay

A Call for Support of Alice Saunders Residents Alice Saunders House is home to 64 low income seniors and managed by non-profit Brightside Community Homes Foundation. Brightside has decided to invest a $18.1 million grant from the BC government in demolishing Alice Saunders Building and replacing it with a mixed market and non-market building.  Continue reading