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A 45% Rent Increase? Vancouver Seniors Fight Back

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

February 23rd, 2012


Seniors who live in an East Vancouver rental building have decided to fight their landlord’s attempt to get a 45% increase in rent.

Many of the seniors or living on pensions and state if would be destroy their finances if the rent increase went forward.

Tenant Adeline Saunders is 57 and has rheumatoid arthritis.  She says her disability pension barely covers her current expenses and if the rent goes up she will be in a very difficult situation: choosing between hearing her apartment or paying for food.

The tenants admit the landlord has put double windows in.  They also admit the building is being renovated with security upgrades added.

Renter Andy Lai said it’s unbelievable the landlord could attempt to raise the rent so high.  In British Columbia the normal allowable rent increase is 4.3%.  In Ontario rents are going to be capped at 2.5% no matter what inflation is in 2013.  See here.  In Alberta you can raise the rent as much as you want.

The landlord has applied to the BC Residential Tenancy Branch to raise the rent higher than the allowable 4.3% increase because rents there are below market value.

The landlord claims that while rents are currently at $355/month for a bachelor suite, the market rent should be $740.


Seniors Cheers as BC Tenancy Branch Says No to a Rent Increase of 45%

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012


A group of East Vancouver seniors is relieved to hear they won’t be facing a steep rent increase this year.

Last month, CBC News revealed the Mount Pleasant Lions Club, which runs Lions Manor on East 6th Avenue, was seeking to raise rents by 45 per cent.

B.C. landlords are allowed to raise rents by 4.3 per cent in 2012, but the housing society argued rents at Lions Manor were too far below market value.

Many of the building’s 36 tenants are living on seniors’ and disability pensions, and said a 45 per cent rent increase would be a financial disaster for them.

B.C’s Residential Tenancy Branch rejected the club’s application, saying the landlord failed to provide evidence to the tenants and the tenancy branch.

The tenancy branch limited this year’s rent increase to the legally allowed 4.3 per cent.

Tenant Denis Ledoux believes the landlord didn’t expect the fight they got.

“They weren’t prepared for anything at all,” he told CBC News.

“They were probably hoping for us to just go along with everything like we’ve been doing, not say nothing at all, cause we’re all older or all retired here.”

Ledoux says for now the tenants are happy with the result, but he worries the landlord may apply for a larger rent increase next year again.