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Renters cautiously optimistic changes to B.C. housing rules will make life easier

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The self-described “lifetime renter” says he is cautiously optimistic. BC Housing Regulation Changes It would make life easier for people who can’t afford to buy their own home, but she still has concerns about how those rules work.

Nurse Serena Eglund says: high cost of living At Metro Vancouver, she and her partner see no future where they can afford to buy their own home.

“The reality of public sector wages will not allow us to buy in Vancouver,” said Egrand, whose partner works in education.

“We’re going to live in rent for the rest of our lives.”

Egland joined panel with other CBC renters early versionthey discussed Prime Minister David Evey’s new housing plans announced Monday.

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Removal of age limit

Among the proposed changes is the removal of age restrictions on some rental units. This makes it impossible for people with children or wanting to start a family to live there.

The state government also wants to eliminate rules that have been put in place in some buildings, townhouse complexes and duplexes that prevent unit owners from renting out to others.

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“Rules banning families with children from living in homes or renting owned units are no longer acceptable in the current housing market,” Housing Minister Murray Ranken said in a release. rice field.

Bylaws restricting short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, will continue to be permitted, and certain retirement communities may be age-restricted to 55 and older.

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Reverend Carmen Lansdowne says she’s experienced first-hand the effects of the restrictions Evie is trying to remove after her family of four was evicted this summer.

“As a rented family, trying to find a room with three bedrooms was… brutal,” Lansdowne told CBC. early version Wednesday. Her family now lives in her 900-square-foot unit, which is smaller than the top floor of the house she previously rented.

She’s optimistic about the change, but says the plan will rely on people who own multiple properties choosing to rent out rooms and units, rather than focusing on building more dedicated rental units. I am concerned about

Eaglund agreed, saying he expects speculators to take advantage of the new rules to rob units and outperform rents.

“We’re going to have more competition,” she said.

Owners and tenants disagree on changes

David Waldy, who owns a townhouse in Victoria, says he often considers regulations limiting the number of rentals allowed in a particular complex when deciding where to live.

Now the state is taking it up.

“You have to consider the character of the building,” he said.

“Some people don’t want to buy buildings where other people are tenants. They want to buy buildings where everyone is the owner and has an interest in ownership of the building.”

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But Martin Merkli, who has rented rooms in the same building in Burnaby for 12 years, says people need to take a more positive view of renters, and his fellow panelists have high-paying jobs. He pointed out that these were people who could not afford to buy a house.

“The renter is not unwashed great,” he said.

“We are hardworking people.”

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