Letters to the Editor

‘Renoviction’ fears very real for the poor

Re: “Temporary leave is not a ‘renoviction,’ woman learns,” Oct.11

Indeed, 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, the West End of Vancouver, got well under way 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 in the outlying areas – the suburbs – until they’re eventually driven to the, for the most part, still-affordable Metro Vancouver outskirts, territory which will not themselves guarantee respite from the spread of the renoviction virus.

And with the renovictions 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 regional residents.

 

Frank G. Sterle, Jr., White Rock

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, August 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Aug 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.