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.
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