Cases of low income tenants being forced out of SROs are on the rise as more and more landlords are reportedly turning to fixed term leases.
Last week CKNW reported on an attempted eviction at an SRO in the Downtown East Side, as residents were speaking out to the media about landlords using fixed term leases to jack up rents well beyond what many low-income tenants can afford.
MLA for Vancouver West-End, Spencer Chandra Herbert, says the number of similar incidents at other low-income housing projects are becoming too high to count in his neighbourhood.
“It started out with I barely ever hear about these kind of cases, and now really I hear every week I hear from a couple of people coming into the office to tell their stories… It’s really become a problem across the province, not just Vancouver anymore.”
Chandra Herbert says there are also cases occurring in buildings supported by the city to be affordable rental housing.
“The tenants find that they have no choice but to move out into a more expensive market.”