By Dan Fumano
June 26, 2019
Mayor Kennedy Stewart has hailed Vancouver’s renter protection measures as the “most generous and comprehensive package of protections in Canada.” But residents in one of the city’s most successful neighbourhoods say they’re having trouble with their landlord: the City of Vancouver.
False Creek South, built on formerly industrial lands in the 1970s, has been hailed internationally as a model of urban livability, and about 80 per cent of the land is owned by the city. But there’s a growing sense of unease among residents about their leases, the earliest of which are to expire in 2022 and 2023, with others coming due in the next two decades.
Residents on city-owned land, who live in a mix of co-ops, market rental and strata condos, have tried for several years to get renewals, but it’s a complicated matter, with each building presenting its own challenges. False Creek residents say negotiations with the city have stalled, and they’re questioning what they see as discrepancies between what Stewart said during last year’s election campaign and what he’s done in his first six months in office.