Letters to the Editor

‘Renoviction’ a real fear

Editor:

Re: Shelters open for winter, Dec. 12.

As a longtime non-market-rate apartment renter, I fear one day losing my own residence through eviction by reason of renovation – a.k.a. “renoviction” – a means by which large real-estate owners can become considerably wealthier by replacing non-market-rate rental units with big-bucks condos.

The renoviction epicentre, Vancouver’s West End, got well underway about a decade ago; it’s been slowly creeping outward since.

Where can a renter there possibly go to afford non-market-rate rental shelter, except into the outlining suburbs, until they’re eventually driven to the still-barely-affordable GVRD outskirts or beyond?

With the renoviction infection spreading outwards from its ground-zero, ‘non-profit’ coupled with ‘supportive housing’ are as crucial as ever for the shelter-survival of the poorest folk.

Frank G. Sterle, Jr., White Rock

 

 

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