Where did four years fighting at city hall get us?
They say you can’t fight city hall - but in the wake of the 2018 municipal elections, our newly formed tenants union took an aggressive tack to do just that - to bring tenant voices and tenant-centred policies into Vancouver’s city hall and to test a new politically fractured council.
Balfour Block Tenants Facing Demoviction Demand Stronger Protections
July 21, 2022
VANCOUVER, UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORIES
Over 70 tenants are facing demoviction on 906-982 W 18th Ave and 907-969 W 19th Ave (Balfour Block) have organized and submitted a collective letter to the City of Vancouver in order to give them a fighting chance to stay in their neighborhood. The Balfour Tenants Collective’s demands include:Read more
New Renoviction Laws - What We Know
It’s been three years since the provincial government’s Rental Housing Task Force delivered their report calling to “Stop Renovictions”. Since then, the government has been slow to make this happen.Read more
VTU Members Organize Against the Developers Lobby to Expand Protection for Affordable Rentals Units
On March 11th, renters and VTU members spoke in favour of a proposal to expand the City of Vancouver’s "Rental Housing Stock Official Development Plan" to Commercial zones across the city.
City Renters Services Grant Update
On February 26, Vancouver City Council approved our union's application for the Renters Services Grant. VTU membership will have opportunity to vote on whether our union accepts the grant at our Annual General Meeting on March 22nd.
VTU Members Vote for New Office Space!
At the January 25 VTU General Meeting, members voted to sign a lease starting in February for a small office space in the Sun Wah building on Keefer Street in Chinatown.
326 Nanaimo: What We Learned
Eight demovicted tenants at 326 Nanaimo St. fought to get the relocation they were promised by the City of Vancouver, with the organizing help of VTU, and support of the broader community.Read more
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.Read more
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 noticesRead more