Wake up, renters! You too could be evicted!
Know your rights and take action now
Before signing a voluntary rent increase, agreeing to move to another suite at higher rent, or accepting an eviction notice for renovations, seek legal advice
Tenants Resource and
Join us in demanding that the Liberal government stop these unconscionable evictions now.
Go to our website at www.rentersatrisk.ca
Renters-At-Risk is sounding the alarm. An invisible rental crisis is occurring, forcing renters from their homes and their communities. Wake up, renters!
Building-by-building throughout the Lower Mainland, tenants of all ages and incomes are being evicted by greedy landlords eager to take advantage of the hot rental market and excessive housing prices. Using loopholes in the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), landlords are forcing renters from their homes, in order to obtain massive rent increases far beyond the legislated 4% per year rent increases. And, they’re getting away with it.
How? Under the pretext that your suite needs to be vacant for renovations. But don’t be fooled. In most cases, the renovations are cosmetic repairs, and a cunning ploy to get existing tenants out, and new tenants in—at up to double the rent! If you think these tactics won’t be used in your neighbourhood, think again! Thanks to the BC government’s unbalanced rental legislation, it is happening in communities from the West End – to Richmond – to Kitsilano – to New West – and your building could be next. It is happening every month to neighbours in your community—and you likely don’t even know it.
Read further and learn how to protect yourself from being unlawfully evicted from your home and your community
How are landlords getting around rental caps?
Under current tenancy law, landlords can increase rents of ‘occupied’ suites by 2% plus cost of living (4% in 2007). But once a suite is vacated, landlords can re-rent the suite at any price. More and more landlords are exploiting ‘loopholes’ in the law to obtain exorbitant rent increases above rental caps, using tactics that include:
Will the BC Government amend the loopholes?
If you think the BC government will protect you, think again. Despite on-going mass evictions across the Lower Mainland, Rich
But guess what? The Liberals closed most Residential Tenancy Offices across BC, leaving just two offices to serve BC’s one million tenants, and only one office to serve landlord/tenant disputes in the entire Lower Mainland. That’s not protection.
Alarmingly, this problem is invisible! The government does not keep
Will the Residential Tenancy Office protect tenants?
If you think the RTO will protect you, think again. Tenants who
Who IS protecting tenants?
The courts. Because of BC’s unbalanced legislation and poor RTO
What must be done?
The Renters-at-Risk Campaign is demanding that the provincial
The right of first refusal gives tenants the option of returning to
It works in Ontario, and it can work here.
Know your rights and take action now.
Before signing a voluntary rent increase, agreeing to move to another suite at higher rent, or accepting an eviction notice for renovations, seek legal advice or contact The Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) at 604-255-0546 (in Vancouver) or 1-800-665-1185 (outside Vancouver).
Join us in demanding that the Liberal government stop these unconscionable evictions now. Go to our website at www.rentersatrisk.ca and get involved before you become the next evicted casualty.