Analysis: Rental Housing Task Force Recommendations

The 2018 Rental Housing Task Force (RHTF) was meant to “advise on how to improve security and fairness for renters and rental housing providers throughout the province."  However, from its outset the consultation process did not take into account the inherent power imbalances between landlords and renters. Continue reading

Tenants and Advocates from across BC Urge Province to Implement Vacancy Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2018 Today the BC Rental Housing Task Force announced its recommendations after consulting with tenants province wide. The following groups are extremely concerned that vacancy control, the policy of limiting rent increases between tenancies, is not one of the recommendations put forward by the task force.  Continue reading

*Partial* Victory to Ban Renovictions in Vancouver

On December 4th Vancouver city council voted unanimously in favor of an amended motion to ban renovictions. It is a partial victory, but a victory nonetheless.   Continue reading

Standing up to Serial Renovictors: VS Rentals

Earlier this year, VTU's Outreach and Advocacy Team (OAT) discovered that a company that was carrying out mass renovictions of entire apartment buildings across the Lower Mainland...   Continue reading

Real Rent Control Now: Letter to the BC Rental Housing Task Force

In light of certain statements made this week in the media, The Vancouver Tenants Union (VTU) thought it necessary to reiterate that the implementation of Vacancy Control —tying rent control to a unit, instead of a tenant— is the most critical improvement that can be made to the Residential Tenancy Act at this time to protect tenants. Continue reading

Civic Election 2018 - Renters Report Card

The VTU created a report card for renters to know candidates running in the 2018 Vancouver municipal elections stand on key renters' issues and encourage our members to vote on October 20th... Continue reading

4.5% Hike Means Fight!

Here's a quick re-cap on the events that led up to the BC Government lowering the annual allowable rent increase from 4.5% to 2.5% for 2019...  Continue reading

Berkeley Tower Tenants Rally Against Renovictions

Facing imminent mass eviction, residents of the Berkeley Tower in Vancouver's West End (1770 Davie St) held a to protest renovictions... Continue reading

VTU Ready for Municipal Election After Tenant Organizer Training

The VTU is poised to take back the city from landlords and developers in the upcoming municipal election... Continue reading

VTU Holds First Kitsilano Meeting

On August 18, 2018, a VTU member from the Kitsilano area organized a community meeting in their neighbourhood... Continue reading