I know I ramble in this video…. Forgive me I’m passionate! Here is the text of what I was trying to impart:
“Reliance Properties CEO Jon Stovell says that was never the agreement. He says tenants were promised extended subsidies and two years in the new building – which could add up to $60,000 over five years and nothing more.”
Jon throwing out numbers that are based on his extremely high rental rates. He also neglects to mention that we are in one of their fancy Gastown buildings because back in 2017 when it was time to move out of 1170 bidwell ahead of the wreaking-ball they tried to violate the agreement and sent us Craigslist ads in place of units in one of their buildings as per our agreement. The city held up their permit and magically units showed up. Not our fault that they were in this building and at these high rents. That is the fault of Reliance and as a result of them already breaking the agreement.
“When the province changed the rules on fixed tenancies in 2017, the company dealt with the issue legally by deciding the rents would be set at $2,350”
Seems that’s not actually correct. They are only wanting to charge those of us from the Baycrest. The general public is being offered those very same units for $2150. Reliance is setting our rent $200 higher than the general public so the Jon is quoted “Mr. Stovell had offered a special incentive because, he said, it was the right thing to do.” it seems the right thing to do is over charge loyal longterm tenants $200 higher rent than everyone else. That is an extremely perverted idea of what the “right thing to do.”
“Mr. Stovell said it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a unit to subsidize the new units for those tenants indefinitely.”
So with that he is dismissing that we pay a lower rate because we have been loyal tenants for 20 years! He is arguing against long term tenancy and clearly expressing with that he would prefer short term tenancy and higher rents. Making for an unliveable and unaffordable city.
“Both sides in the dispute claim city officials have said, at points, their interpretation of the agreement is correct, although tenant Kian Gray acknowledged staff have more recently told him the company has found a legal way to do what it is doing. The city’s communications department said only that staff are “monitoring” the agreement.”
True. The city is dropping the ball here BIG TIME! They are talking out of both sides of their mouth. I have called to talk to Mayor Kennedy Stewart. He is yet to even try and reach out to us. He has offered no public support. We have no idea of his position of this. The city could end this immediately but has yet to show full support for long term Vancouver tenancy and protection.
“Mr. Stovell said he’s disappointed that the tenants, handed what he says is the best relocation offer anyone in the city has had, are complaining.
“There’s no requirement to insulate tenants against market rates in perpetuity. This is very irresponsible and self-serving.”
First, I’ve never been so happy to be considered “very irresponsible and self-serving.”
He is violating the agreement and not even for the first time. The first time was back in 2017 with Craigslist ads.
It is rich for a 1%er like Jon to look down from his lofty tower and say that we are irresponsible and self-serving when his riches came from US! The money in his bank account came from $300,000 my husband and I paid in rent over 20 years. Jon you are “very irresponsible and self-serving.”
Find here all the media that we are aware of covering our broken agreement with Reliance Properties Vancouver:
Thank You MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert! We asked you for a statement and you tweeted this. We couldn’t agree with you more:
A deal is a deal and should be honoured. Tenant relocation policies should be clear, and followed through on, not weakened because of one parties use of ambiguity. And if deals are broken there need to be consequences.
This is simply a stream of thought running out of my head on our current situation and lack of reach on social media. If I were Ryan Reynolds not only would I be drop dead sexy but Reliance wouldn’t dream of messing with me. Fight renovictions in Vancouvers affordable housing crisis.
From the start and according to this Globe & Mail article they have plans to violate it in significant ways! Apparently they have planned since 2017 to charge us higher than market rates for the new building. They plan to charge us $200 more than everyone else moving into the new building. We have public offer sheets for units in 1188 Bidwell that clearly show offers to the general public for less rent on higher floors than what Reliance is trying to force us into.
This fight is taking me out to some strange places.
I am not Ryan Reynolds and I will never get the attention to this issue that he could. However what Reliance doesn’t seem to understand is that they are trying to kick me and my husband out of our home of 20 years. We have given them not only almost $300,000 but we gave it without delay or issue. They took our money but decided it wasn’t enough. So not we must fight to stay. I must fight! I must put myself out there and get all the attention to this situation I can.
Help us get the attention to this issue that the Vancouver Housing Crisis deserves. Stand up and say that 20 years of loyal tenancy and hundreds of thousands paid in rent does not get met with a kick in the a$$ and a rude goodbye. Fight renovictions in Vancouvers affordable housing crisis
We are tenants of Reliance Properties Vancouver and we are facing a renoviction and $1100 rent increase. Reliance Properties is making us victims of the Vancouver housing crisis. For brevity of this post please see this CBC News story about our situation. We have until the end of February to sign a new lease with Reliance. The new lease will jack up our rent by over a thousand dollars or face eviction. We need your help as a Vancouver City Councillor. PLEASE HELP US! We need the average citizens of Vancouver to join us in this fight. Please read and sign this petition .
20 Years Almost $300,000 Spent, Slap in the Face
After 20 years and paying almost $300,000 in rent it should not be that we can simply be forced into a situation we can not afford or kicked out of Vancouver. I am on this side of increased density of housing. Clearly the market is too tight and needs relief. But must that relief come at the expense of people that have called this city home for decades? I strongly believe there is a way for both concerns to be balanced and resolved.
Density But Not at the Cost of Affordable Tenancy
Take the case of our developer Reliance. They would say that they have already given us more than we are entitled to. That would be incorrect as we have a signed agreement that was to secure our right to move into the units at the same rent we were paying before we got removed for demolition. They would say that they can not bare the cost of allowing us to remain at the rent we were paying. To be clear there are only 3 families involved here, only three units out of a 22 story building with at least 5 units per floor. So I do not understand how us three families are anything other than a rounding error on the of costs to that building. We do not want to be made victims of the Vancouver housing crisis.
This is the view from my home. What can I say? Its hard to live but someones go to do it! This is a 24 hour time lapse video of the view out my window. I over look the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, Canada Place Convention Centre, the Trains, and at this time of the year cruise ships. This time lapse using my iPhone X and the app ProCam gives you the compressed experience of my living room view.