Category: Housing

Municipal fees driving up housing costs? Let’s look at the facts: there’s no evidence of impact

One overdue deliverable from Victoria’s 2016 Throne Speech is a pledge to bring transparency to the impact of municipal feels on housing prices. Such a move would be good news if it finally put an end to the hollow claim,… Read More

City enforcement drive on short-term rentals focuses on safety, multiple listings

City enforcement operations against illegal short-term online rentals is focusing primarily on safety violations and commercial operators, says a briefing note to Vancouver City Council, with notable successes on both counts. A memorandum circulated to council October 20… Read More

What the experts told the Mayor about foreign investment in 2012

Now that even the federal finance minister and the Premier are working to curb the impact of foreign investment in the real estate market, some commentators are outraged at Mayor Gregor Robertson’s suggestion that their actions were too long… Read More

BC’s small towns struggling with housing crunch triggered by online short-term rentals

Mayors and councillors from across BC jammed a meeting room at the Union of BC Municipalities convention today to compare notes on the unprecedented housing crisis they face as a result of the explosion of online short-term rentals…. Read More