The issue of so-called ‘demovictions’ still persist in Metro Vancouver, and will continue to occur in various municipalities this year.
That’s according to David Hutniak with LandlordBC, who took part in a panel discussion on housing in Langley.
Hutniak says the issue of old three-storey walk-up buildings facing the wrecking ball is one thing, but replacing them with affordable rental housing is another.
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“The real issue is we need a lot of supply of purpose-built rentals specifically, because that’s generally the most affordable housing, and it’s proven to be the most affordable.”
Hutniak clarifies that there are cases where it makes business sense to demolish old buildings that have outlived its life span, but adds municipalities and the province need to take leadership on making those projects to have more purpose-built rental housing.
“Because so much of the stock is 30, 40, 50, even 60 years old, the owners of those properties are going to have to make some hard decisions. You’re reaching the point where the building envelope, windows, the electrical, the plumbing, the costs to do all that… you need to really evaluate.”
The federal government is in the middle of consultations for a national housing strategy, to be released in November.