Calling all Apartment Building Tenants!

Are you a tenant in an apartment building in the City of Victoria? The City of Victoria needs your help!

We are looking for volunteers for a 3-hour focus group session with tenants and advocates on Wednesday, February 7 in the evening as part of the City’s Market Rental Revitalization Study. We are seeking input on a proposed Renter’s Protection Policy and Standards of Maintenance Bylaw.

 

Ø  If you are interested, please fill out the attached application and return to engage@victoria.ca by Monday, January 22, 2018.

 

Focus group space is limited and participants will be selected to be representative of a cross section of apartment building tenants from neighbourhoods across Victoria.

 

Why are we doing this?

It is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 aging market rental units in the City of Victoria, making up nearly 25% of the City’s total housing stock. With a proportionally high percentage of renters in the City (60% of the total population) and a vacancy rate of 0.7%, this stock is a vital component of the City’s overall supply of affordable rental housing.

 

However, many of these buildings are facing major degradation due to age and/or deferred maintenance, and are vulnerable to loss due to redevelopment. In instances where the buildings are significantly upgraded, the City currently has few tools to ensure tenant stability through preventing or mitigating the effects of eviction or substantial rent increases. A 2016 study commissioned by Landlord BC estimated that over 20,000 rental apartments in Greater Victoria – representing nearly half of the total building stock in the region – are due for major renovations or replacement by 2025, a proportion that is expected to be mirrored in the City of Victoria.  As a tenant, you are an important partner in understanding the opportunities and current barriers in this context.  We look forward to receiving your application.

 

The Market Rental Revitalization Strategy is one initiative in the Victoria Housing Strategy 2016 – 2025. Find out more about the strategy at victoria.ca/housing