49% of Vancouver renters say they’ve been evicted or displaced: survey
Renters are offering to pay more rent, doing their own repairs and receiving hefty rent increases, according to an online survey conducted by Vancity
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Just under half of Vancouver renters surveyed about rental issues have had to move because of redevelopment, renovation or use of the suite for a family member or short-term rental, according to a Vancity survey published Sept. 8.
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Vancity received 800 responses to an online survey in July 2016. The credit union solicited the responses following a report published in July showing that renting has become unaffordable for the average Millennial renter in all but two Vancouver neighbourhoods.
The survey also showed that renters are changing their behaviour in the current unstable environment: 53 per cent said they have done their own maintenance or stopped asking for repairs, 13 per cent said they had offered to pay more rent and 21 per cent said they had received a rent increase above the amount allowed by B.C. law.
The survey also highlighted how difficult it is to find an apartment in the city right now: survey responders said they had given up a pet, taken part in a bidding war and offered to pay more to try to secure an apartment.
Of the 49 per cent of renters who say they have had to move, 18 per cent said they felt they had been unfairly evicted.
Tenant advocates say they have seen an increase in landlords using tactics like "renovictions" and fixed-term tenancies in order to raise rents by as much as 30 per cent.