What is a ‘Renoviction’?
To get around legal limits on rent increases, landlords kick tenants out to make minor repairs. Once they repair the unit, landlords demand that tenants pay unaffordable rents to move back in. Most tenants are forced to find new homes. These renovictions lead to increased rents all over the city.
How will COPE stop Renovictions?
When issuing renovation permits to landlords, COPE will make sure that tenants can move back at the same rent they were paying before. The city issues the renovation permits so the city has the authority to set guidelines for those permits. COPE will only issue renovation permits that legally bind landlords to return tenants to their home at the original rent.
COPE will set up a landlord registry, that will among other things will track renovations. By placing tenancy protection conditions on renovations permits, the city can stop the practice of using renovations as a means to evict tenants and circumvent the RTA rent increase regulations. Read more about our landlord registry here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is this outside the city’s jurisdiction?
No. The city issues the renovation permits and has the authority to set guidelines for those permits. COPE will only issue renovation permits that legally bind landlords to return tenants to their home at the original rent. Vision Vancouver has created a series of environmental conditions on permits, but none to protect the tenant’s tenure security.
COPE will also advocate that the Provincial government amend the RTA to explicitly state that after any renovations, tenants must be granted the right-of-first refusal at previous rent. This will help other cities across BC as well.
Are renovictions legal?
No. The BC Supreme Court decision “Berry and Kloet v. British Columbia” stated that the purpose of the RTA is to ensure that if renovations can be completed without ending the tenancy, then that should be done (2007 BCSC 257).
If it’s so simple for the City to stop renovictions, why hasn’t Vision done it already?
Ask them. Vision’s Geoff Meggs told The Tyee that allowing tenants to return without an extraordinary rent increase would “unfairly cause landlords to lose money.”