Sunday, November 17, 2019


B.C. government caps rent increase to 2.5% for 2019

"It's simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year"

BC Rental Housing Task Force recommends reducing rent increases by almost half

The task force recommends changing 2019's rent cap from 4.5% to 2.5%

Saanich offers land and module housing to BC Housing for homeless

Saanich also allows temporary overnight sheltering in 102 Saanich parks

Goldstream Park campground closing due to homeless campers (UPDATED)

The campground, which usually welcomes campers year-round, has not announced when it will reopen.

Victoria has the second lowest percentage of homeowners in Canada (STUDY)

We live in one of the only 3 renter-dominant cities in Canada

Victoria to open overnight shelter every night starting in October

The shelter is being opened in response to urgent need

47 new rental housing units are being built in Victoria

The project has been allocated a $21.1 million fund

Construction of 73-unit affordable rental housing underway in Saanich

The estimated completion date is early 2020.

Facebook’s new rental housing feature lists this Esquimalt shack for $850/month

It's pet friendly...and that's where the positive points end 😬

B.C. government launches $1.2-billion fund for supportive housing

2,500 housing units will be constructed over 10 years

This Tofino townhouse could be all yours for only $210K

There are just a few conditions...

Nanaimo is building over 150 new affordable housing units for seniors

Monthly rental rates are expected to range between $706 (studio) and $1,147 (two bedroom).

This Langford home has its own indoor ice rink (PHOTOS)

...and it's up for rent! 😲

Victoria home ownership costs take up almost 63% of income (REPORT)

They've gone up nearly 15 per cent in the last three years.
bc spca

BC SPCA pushes rental task force to prioritize pet-friendly housing

1,700 animals are separated from their families each year in B.C.

5 great reasons to become a host family in Victoria

Experience the cultures of the world from your own home!

B.C. government introduces new securities for residents of manufactured home parks

New compensations will take effect this Wednesday, June 6.
supportive housing

B.C. announces 1,500 new homes for women fleeing violence

“Women fleeing abuse need a safe and welcoming place to go, where they can find comfort and security to heal,” said Premier John Horgan
portland hotel society

B.C. Supreme Court rules against Portland Hotel Society in tenant rights case

Residents of social housing at 844 Johnson Street won a huge legal battle

New securities for tenants facing evictions have come into effect

The new amendments will hopefully curb 'renovictions'

The CRD is investing $90-million to build more affordable housing

It'll fund the construction of 1,000 affordable units and 400 shelter-rate units

CRD approves updated affordable housing strategy

Total rental demand within the CRD is estimated to reach 34,167 units by 2038

46 supportive housing units are being built in Courtenay

The proposed modular housing will support people experiencing homelessness
living wage

Victoria’s living wage is up to $20.50 per hour (REPORT)

The wage has risen almost $0.50/hr since 2017

Local governments could soon have the power to establish rental housing zones

The latest in a series of efforts to fix BC's housing crisis
Colwood Rental Housing

Construction underway on 82 new rental homes in Colwood

Ground has been broken on 82 much-needed rental homes for families, seniors and people with disabilities

Province establishes fund to build 14,000 new affordable rental housing units

It will cost them $1.9 billion over the next 10 years
Homelessness Victoria

Modular housing to be built for Indigenous women at risk of homelessness

Pending municipal approvals, construction on the 800 block of Hillside Avenue is anticipated to be completed by March 2019.

City approves development permit for Victoria’s tallest building

Construction is scheduled for completion by early 2020
BC Legislature

Provincial government appoints task force to upgrade rental housing laws

"Our laws haven't kept up with the changing housing market, and that has left both renters and landlords vulnerable," says Premier Horgan.

Saanich seeks public opinion on new garden suite regulations

These suites are currently illegal in Saanich

Province pledges over $12 million to build affordable housing units in Langford and Sooke

Guess how much each of these new units is going to cost renters...

Former Burnside school to be turned into affordable housing

School's out, and affordable housing is in!

Colwood Corners development gets first green light to proceed

One of the Westshore's most anticipated real estate projects looks like it's finally getting underway. 

This ocean-front home in North Saanich just sold for $9-million (PHOTOS)

And it's got everything you could possibly want in a house! 😍

University Heights Shopping Centre could look very different by 2020 (PHOTO RENDERINGS)

The proposal includes the construction of 350 residential units alongside commercial buildings.

Oak Bay property available for purchase with Bitcoin

According to the latest price charts, the house would cost approximately 137 Bitcoin.

Rent prices in Victoria have dropped slightly compared to a year ago (REPORT)

This could mean some relief for renters on a budget.

Temporary shelter in View Royal will remain open until Spring

The facility will close once the former Tally Ho building is ready for occupancy.

Provincial government closes geographic rent increase loophole to protect tenants

One tenant and his neighbours reportedly faced rent hikes of up to 73%.

Government of Canada announces National Housing Strategy

The NHS is the first of its kind and aims to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% 🏠

Youth housing project in Westshore cancelled due to lack of funding from provincial government

The project was a partnership between Threshold Housing Society and the Greater Victoria Housing Society.

B.C. union proposes tax reform plan to ease housing affordability crisis

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) highlights speculative investment as one of the main causes of rising real estate prices in the province.

This one-bathroom apartment in Oak Bay costs close to $5,000 a month

Would you pay that price to live in Oak Bay? 👀

Former Traveller’s Inn proposed to be transformed into affordable rental housing

The city of Victoria may soon be getting a new affordable housing building. 

BC Government targets rent-hike loophole with new amendment

If passed, new rules will apply to both new and existing tenancy agreements.

Social housing project confirmed next to downtown elementary school

The project would be able to house up to 93 people, in 78 units of supportive housing.