Vancouver city staff say a series of new rental protection rules that will go to council next week are among the strongest in the province.
Among the proposed guidelines are increased tenant compensation with up to six months free rent for tenancies over 20 years, and developers would be required to expand tenant relocation plans to all zoning districts.
Renters comprise 50 per cent of Vancouver households and are gripped with a decline in rental housing stock.
Another rule would also require developers to provide tenants who request assistance a minimum of three options for alternative housing at no more than CMHC average rents for the area.
Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs would like to see other municipalities follow suit.
“We’re still seeing a significant demolition of housing, particularly in Burnaby that’s rental and affordable. We’d like to see changes to the Residential Tenancy Act too. But these changes basically protect the stock we have.”
These recommendations stem from a council decision in May which called on finding new ways to increase renter protection.