Nathanael Lauster, Nazism, and tobacco tactics in housing crisis denialism

“Hitler introduced tobacco control measures,” the tobacco industry propagandists would say. “Therefore, anyone who advocates for tobacco control measures is a Nazi.”

The use reductio ad Hitlerum — a logical fallacy in the form “Hitler did X, therefore anyone who does X is a Nazi”1)http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/1874/1/How%20the%20growth%20of%20denialism%20undermines%20public%20health%20_%20The%20BMJ.pdf — is a common tactic used by the tobacco industry and its front groups to fight tobacco control measures such as smoke-free public places and stronger cigarette advertising restrictions2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2736555/.

UBC sociology professor Nathanael Lauster tore a page out of the tobacco industry propaganda playbook on Remembrance Day by tweeting that discussion of foreign buyers’ impact on making houses unaffordable to local workers in Vancouver was the slippery slope to “National Socialism”.

For tobacco industry, the use of Nazi rhetoric is a last desperate attempt to stifle government regulations in the face of overwhelming evidence that show tobacco control measures have remarkable public health benefits.

Likewise, the real estate industry is keen to stifle any government regulations that restrict foreign buyers in Vancouver’s real estate market in the face of evidence3)https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/vancouver/article-oxford-academics-research-suggests-vancouvers-foreign-buyers-tax-has/ that show measures introduced to tackle global speculation in the housing market have significantly improved housing affordability for local workers.

Lauster, after all, is a leader in Vancouver’s YIMBY — Yes In My Back Yard — movement, whose core tenet is that rezoning as much of the city as possible for market-rate condo and apartment towers will solve the affordability crisis.

As the cheerleaders of the real estate development industry, the YIMBYs are adept at using pure neoliberal sophistry4)https://www.salon.com/2018/11/04/despite-thorough-debunking-neoliberal-housing-politics-prevail-in-the-bay-area/ to convince public that rezoning for density is panacea for all social ills despite the compelling evidence that building market-rate housing worsens affordability for the working class5)https://sf-planning.org/sites/default/files/FileCenter/Documents/8380-FINAL%20Resid%20Nexus_04-4-07.pdf leading to social cleansing social cleansing — the systematic large-scale removal from a region of members of a social class deemed undesirable.

“The argument for density has become entrenched in planning discourse as a solution to many environmental, social, and economic ills,” Dalhousie University’s Meaghan Dalton explains6)http://theoryandpractice.planning.dal.ca/_pdf/multiple_plans/mdalton_2017.pdf. “However, the original intent of density may be forgotten, as policies and planners argue for density without supportive evidence, or even contrary to research findings.”

It’s frightening that, Lauster, a man who should know better as an academic at such an august institution, would resort to Reductio ad Hitlerum attacks to stifle debate that could result in BC NDP government tightening rules around foreign property ownership further.

It’s worth noting that Lauster has positioned himself as an expert on the matter, going so far as to provide expert testimony in support of the foreign buyers suing the Province of British Columbia to get the foreign buyer tax repealed.

At the same time, that even such a learned man is unable to come up a better argument than “but the Nazis did it” should make it clear that the denialists have lost the debate over the impact of global money in Vancouver’s housing crisis.

References   [ + ]

1. http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/1874/1/How%20the%20growth%20of%20denialism%20undermines%20public%20health%20_%20The%20BMJ.pdf
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2736555/
3. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/vancouver/article-oxford-academics-research-suggests-vancouvers-foreign-buyers-tax-has/
4. https://www.salon.com/2018/11/04/despite-thorough-debunking-neoliberal-housing-politics-prevail-in-the-bay-area/
5. https://sf-planning.org/sites/default/files/FileCenter/Documents/8380-FINAL%20Resid%20Nexus_04-4-07.pdf
6. http://theoryandpractice.planning.dal.ca/_pdf/multiple_plans/mdalton_2017.pdf

How the YIMBY movement made neoliberal social cleansing hip again

Go to any public hearing at Vancouver City Council for a market-rate housing project and you’ll see a group of angry millennial men, dorky in appearance, yuppie in dress and frat boy in behaviour.

They will come up to speak at the podium one after another in a well-rehearsed ritual.

“More,” each will recite. “Build more. Densify the westside. Legalize housing.”

“RS-1 (single family) neighbourhoods are the bane of humanity,” each will pontificate. “Single family homeowners are evil incarnate.”

Ask the YIMBY — Yes In My Back Yard — movement to explain how building market-rate housing helps affordability, and they will swiftly block you1)https://twitter.com/mtnbvan/status/1061299506006900736.

That’s because, as Keith A. Spencer explained in his Salon Article, YIMBY philosophy is nothing more than a form a pure neoliberal sophistry2)https://www.salon.com/2018/11/04/despite-thorough-debunking-neoliberal-housing-politics-prevail-in-the-bay-area/.

As Spencer pointed out, the 2007 San Francisco Planning Commission study3)https://sf-planning.org/sites/default/files/FileCenter/Documents/8380-FINAL%20Resid%20Nexus_04-4-07.pdf refutes the central tenet of the YIMBY ideology that rezoning as much of the city as possible for market-rate condo and apartment towers will solve the affordability crisis.

Question the faulty logic that the YIMBYs use to justify densification, and they will immediately label you a NIMBY and attack you mercilessly. Academics, journalists, politicians and citizen activists who are fighting to make Vancouver affordable for the working classes have all come under vicious YIMBY attacks.

The YIMBY movement demonstrate other cult behaviours.

YIMBYs don’t attack ideas — they attack the person. And the YIMBYs fight dirty, even going as far as to carry out of racist smear campaigns against housing activists of colour who call out the absurdity of their logic.

The YIMBY adherents want to hide one ugly truth: market-rate housing actually makes the housing crisis worse for working-class people.

The only beneficiaries of densification in Vancouver are the people in the real estate industry: the developers, realtors, and financiers. They stand to make obscene profits turning working class neighbourhoods into empty condo towers to be used as safety deposit boxes in the sky for the global rich.

As the big developers gentrify neighbourhoods, the working class families will be priced out further and further away into the valley. Some will end up spending four hours a day commuting between work and home, taking away precious time they could be spending with their children.

This social cleansing — the systematic large-scale removal from a region of members of a social class deemed undesirable — accelerated during Vision Vancouver reign, as the City Council rezoned ever large sections of the city for luxury condo towers eroding affordability with each project.

How did the politicians and the bureaucracy manage get away with it for so long?

Dalhousie University’s Meaghan Dalton analyzed 25 planning documents spanning five Canadian cities including Vancouver, and made a frightening discovery4)http://theoryandpractice.planning.dal.ca/_pdf/multiple_plans/mdalton_2017.pdf.

“The argument for density has become entrenched in planning discourse as a solution to many environmental, social, and economic ills,” Dalton found. “However, the original intent of density may be forgotten, as policies and planners argue for density without supportive evidence, or even contrary to research findings.”

Why has YIMBY ideology, with such brittle logic, been able to provide political cover for real estate profiteering so effectively?

“The fetish of density may be due to the pervasive forces of neoliberalism and may be the one tool planners feel they can cling on to for potential positive impacts,” Dalton explains in her working paper. “In a climate where governments have rolled back support for public housing, planners may feel they have no direction to turn except for the contested economic argument that greater density (thus more supply of housing) will lead to more affordable housing prices.”

Social cleansing for profit isn’t hip. Neoliberals wanted a find a way to make it palatable to the masses, so, they nurtured the YIMBY movement. The YIMBY white knights to marched in to slay the dragons of logic and rescue the developers in distress. Because the YIMBY web of sophistry wasn’t particularly difficult to unravel, they embarked on a campaign of ad hominem attacks against anyone who dared called out their logical fallacies.

The future, however, looks bright for housing activists who are fighting to make cities affordable for the working classes. Voters overwhelmingly rejected YIMBY candidates — who received generous donations from the real estate industry — both in Vancouver and San Francisco.

But the Vancouver YIMBYs are showing no signs of relenting. They’ve ratcheted up the rhetoric and intensified their attacks against housing affordability activists. The Vancouver YIMBYs are the champions of a 100 billion dollar industry and that’s a lot of money to buy ammunition.

Expect them to fight dirty to the bitter end.

References   [ + ]

1. https://twitter.com/mtnbvan/status/1061299506006900736
2. https://www.salon.com/2018/11/04/despite-thorough-debunking-neoliberal-housing-politics-prevail-in-the-bay-area/
3. https://sf-planning.org/sites/default/files/FileCenter/Documents/8380-FINAL%20Resid%20Nexus_04-4-07.pdf
4. http://theoryandpractice.planning.dal.ca/_pdf/multiple_plans/mdalton_2017.pdf

How Vancouver condo offshore presales may be used to launder global dirty money

It’s incredibly easy for transnational criminals to use Vancouver condo offshore presales to launder their dirty money. It can be accomplished in just three steps:

Step 1: Buy a presale contract at an offshore sale using dirty money in the offshore currency and hold on to it for a couple of years
Step 2: Flip it to a Canadian buyer for double what you originally paid for it and get paid in Canadian dollars
Step 3: Pay the developer back and walk away with a clean million Canadian dollars instead of dirty offshore currency

We know for a fact that Westbank, Onni, Concord Pacific and other big developers market Vancouver condos offshore. In Westbank’s case, we know buyers from China are able to get a hold of a presale by putting a 10% down payment in the Chinese currency renminbi1)http://archive.is/oK32r.

We also know that many of these offshore presales are flipped to local buyers2)https://thinkpol.ca/2017/10/23/westbank-pre-sold-nearly-1-in-4-kensington-garden-condos-heavily-marketed-overseas-to-flippers/. The prices of these condos have sometimes doubled between the time they were sold in an offshore presales event and the time they’re flipped to locals close to completion.

Imagine the scenario where a transnational criminal who bought a Westbank offshore presale contract for RMB 700,000 (approximately CAD 130,000) in dirty money for a condo worth $1.3M in 2016.

The criminal could easily flip it for around $2.5M, given that condo prices have risen by 35% year-over-year since. After paying back the developer the $1.3 million, the criminal would be walking away with a clean million dollars Canadian. Like magic, a little bit of dirty offshore money has turned into a lot of clean Canadian money.

If it’s child’s play to launder money through presales, just how prevalent is it?

Only the real estate industry knows the answer and they don’t want us to find out. There’s no transparency whatsoever regarding offshore presales at the moment. The industry has a history of trying to silence anyone who dares to even offer a glimpse into the murky world of offshore presales3)https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/daniel-tencer/why-are-realtors-trying-to-stop-us-from-knowing-the-facts-on-housing_a_23293390/.

The provincial probe into dirty money in real estate is a major step forward. But it’s time for City of Vancouver to set up a Vancouver Police Department real estate crime unit. We need to thoroughly investigate offshore presales, and all other forms of questionable real estate practices that have turned our housing market into one giant laundromat for global dirty money.

Global dirty money being laundered in our real estate market is a major cause of the housing crisis that heaping misery on hundreds of thousands of our citizens. The sooner stop criminals washing their proceeds of crime in our housing market, the sooner we can make our city affordable to locals again.

I’m running for Vancouver City Council with ProVancouver to free Vancouver from global greed and make the City Hall work for citizens again. Please support me by voting for me and making sure you friends also vote for me. I’m the second from last on your ballot.

References   [ + ]

1. http://archive.is/oK32r
2. https://thinkpol.ca/2017/10/23/westbank-pre-sold-nearly-1-in-4-kensington-garden-condos-heavily-marketed-overseas-to-flippers/
3. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/daniel-tencer/why-are-realtors-trying-to-stop-us-from-knowing-the-facts-on-housing_a_23293390/

Over 1,000 new Airbnb listings added in Vancouver within a month of new rules coming into effect

More than 1,000 new Airbnb listings have appeared on the platform within a month of new Airbnb rules came into effect in Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver claimed that the number of listings on Airbnb had fallen from 6,600 in April to 3,742 on September 1, but the scan of the Airbnb website I ran last night shows that the number has crept up to 4,743.

A majority of the listings may be violating City of Vancouver’s short term rental bylaws.

This includes 1,257 duplicate licences, 403 claiming dubious exemptions, 76 obviously fake licenses, and 252 units using invalid or expired licences. Moreover, 2295 units are run by operators who run more than one listing, potentially in breach of the short term rental bylaw.

To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

  1. Introduce licence auto-verification, so, we can nip unlicensed units and licence cheats in the bud
  2. Introduce a tough new bylaw and agreements that hold platforms accountable for the hosts’ actions
  3. Make Airbnb fines lienable, so that the city can place liens against egregious violators who refuse to pay the fines

At the same time, the City should use fines collected from short term rental violators to help the Airbnb’s greatest victims: the renters.

I believe Vancouver should take care of those who take care of our city and our citizens. I dream of a place where those who contribute to our communities are able to afford to live in the city. I’m running for city councillor to see that dream come true. Please help me by donating and volunteering to my campaign.

Please find me on Twitter, Facebook and Github.

Urgent: Vision playing dirty to ram rezoning motion through council bypassing public input

After telling people that the backup time for today’s mass rezoning public hearing is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3PM, Mayor Gregor Robertson decided to suddenly recommence the hearing at 11AM, without any notification to the people who had left home for the night expecting to come back at 3 O’clock tomorrow.

Thanks to a little bit of push back from Councillor Adriane Carr, the mayor came to compromise and now the public hearing will start at 1PM tomorrow. But many people will are unaware that the public hearing is happening earlier than scheduled. And many can’t take time off from work to attend the public hearing at 1PM.

Vision Vancouver’s playing dirty to undemocratically ram mass rezoning through the council. We need your help. They’re making a mockery of a “public hearing” by making it as inaccessible to the public as possible.

We still can stop Vision lame ducks in their tracks. Please turn up en masse to the Vancouver City Council tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1PM and ask to speak. The council must listen to each and everyone one of you who signs up to speak. We need hundreds of people to show up and demand to speak. Please invite everyone you know who are retired or taking a day off tomorrow. Let’s unite as one people to stop Vision’s vile assault on democracy.

[Photo Credit: Tyler Ingram]

Don’t let a callous City Hall bulldoze our neighbourhoods

Update 8:30AM: Vision Vancouver is playing dirty again! The online sign ups for public hearings are supposed to end an hour before the hearings open. But they closed the hearings for mass rezoning the night before. If you haven’t already registered, please go to the city hall in person before 2:30PM and register to speak. Or you can turn up and wait your turn. The council has to listen to everyone who’s there.

Update 9:00AM: The City Clerk reopened online sign ups following my complaint.

The bulldozers are coming for our neighbourhoods. The Vancouver city council will vote today, Tuesday September 18, to make Vancouver a free-for-all for developers who pour millions into Vision Vancouver coffers. This is the final act of depravity of a Vision’s mayor and council that has ridden roughshod over our communities for a decade.

Vision’s vision of Vancouver is a jungle of glass and concrete luxury condo skyscrapers built by the likes of Westbank, Onni, Concord Pacific and Aquilini giving a permanent middle finger to the citizens left despondent by crushing unaffordability. There’s no place in their emerald city for nurses, teachers, police officers and other women and men who serve our citizens with unwavering dedication.

But we have the power to stop Vision lame ducks in their tracks. Vancouver City Council will hold a public hearing before the vote on the 18th. The council is required by law to listen to every speaker who signs up to speak. The council can hear approximately 10 speakers a night. So, if thousands of Vancouverites sign up to speak, we can delay it till the next election.

I urge you to sign up, make your voice heard, and take part in the citizen filibuster to thwart Gregor and co’s last attempt to drive the knife further into our beloved city’s dying heart. If we don’t stop Vision mayor and council from going through with their final act of wanton debasement, we’ll be allowing them to permanently disfigure our neighbourhoods, snuff life out of our communities, and turn Vancouver into one gaudy gambling resort for the global rich.

I believe we should take care of those who take care of us. I dream of a place where those who contribute to our communities are able to afford to live in the city. I’m running for Vancouver city councillor to see that dream come true. Please help me by donating and volunteering to my campaign.

578 new Airbnb listings added in the last 10 days

Vancouver’s chief licencing officer announced with much fanfare that the number of Airbnb listings in the city have dropped from around 6,600 in April to just 3,742 in September. But in just 10 days since the City of Vancouver’s September 5 announcement, hosts have added 578 news listings, bringing the total to 4,320.

Out of these 578 listings, at least 400 appear to be listings claiming dubious exemptions, or listings with obviously fake, incorrect or duplicate licences.

To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

  1. Introduce licence auto-verification, so, we can nip unlicensed units and licence cheats in the bud
  2. Introduce a tough new bylaw and agreements that hold platforms accountable for the hosts’ actions
  3. Make Airbnb fines lienable, so that the city can place liens against egregious violators who refuse to pay the fines

At the same time, the City should use fines collected from short term rental violators to help the Airbnb’s greatest victims: the renters.

Vancouver has a fake Airbnb licence problem

Airbnb hosts seem to be getting around the new City of Vancouver’s licensing requirements by using brazenly fake licences. Some fine examples include “12345678str”, “000000000” and “Exampp”.

ListingLicenceRoom TypeNamePrimary Host IDMin. Nights
197221420entire_homeModern Strathcona Garden Suite367187462
2755792400-0000entire_homeKits summer suite2079252221
246318798-555339entire_homeThe Cozy Garden Suite1861425361
2492020813-124323shared_roomBright room by the beach1682346871
2801036415-595467private_roomOak House - Room 3 Newly Renovated Character Home1326870121
2582238616-102468entire_home?????????????????1940389583
2641803716-904523entire_homeModern Loft - The Flats in Chinatown203018222
2805811516-6767678entire_homeLangara Guesthouse2119646141
1260299317-2341Aprivate_room#32 Wow ~ View, Kits Location. Min. 30 day stay.316850275
2780565717-14567entire_homeJoyce two bedroom396744921
2453525917-23487entire_homeNew York Style Down Town Loft One Bed in Yaletown311890711
2121992117-100317entire_homeLOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!1533086792
1488890317-101096entire_homeModern Yaletown Studio close to everything no pkng668454672
2763748317-101101entire_homeWater View Sanctuary2085629411
2378997217-101196entire_homeGastown Style with a View12698593
2567952017-101597entire_homeHeart of Yaletown933800354
2821843917-101598entire_homeNEW Spacious studio in the heart of Downtown!2131387852
2467763717-108090entire_homeSophisticated & Luxurious 1 Bdrm23008981
1188980717-111993entire_homeSPECIAL Kitsilano Bright Van 2 bedroom295815351
2719833317-113568entire_homeOne Bedroom & Den in Yaletown with View & Parking2048125532
1969805717-147787entire_homeCozy and Spacious House in Beautiful Neighbourhood1387723052
2615785317-227772entire_homeDowntown 1 Bedroom & Bath with Den/Office1108190914
281203817-241295entire_homeVancouver 2 bd trendy Main street52138921
2219780217-573612entire_homeCozy Apartment in the heart of Yaletown1622036641
2813686617-614632entire_homeDowntown Luxury with stunning view 1.5 bedroom apt362384763
2476093417-873475entire_homeUpscale And Modern 2 BR In The Heart Of Downtown!123336102
1137127917-905634entire_homePrivate Garden suite: Nice views AVAIL SEPT 14-1698816412
2701947219-102359entire_homeYaletown Condo/Free Parking/24 Hour Gym725373823
2324123120-856044entire_homeMODERN & BEAUTIFUL 2BR in the Heart of Downtown!1711493035
65998686-13134private_roomNear DOWNTOWN+CAMBIE---PRIVATE BATH848203
491606486-13134private_roomBRIGHT ROOM near BC HOSPITALS / SKYTRAIN/ DOWNTOWN848201
27134169123123entire_homePrivate Space in the East Village604117421
26786562589779private_roomBright Beautiful Room349454831
27086551589779private_roomSimple room for solo travelers349454831
27085753589779private_roomBeautiful master bedroom349454831
27085935589779private_roomQuite room in Kerrisdale349454831
27092067589779private_roomPrivate room in Kerrisdale349454831
27579649589779entire_homeBig Beautiful home349454833
2532592512345678strentire_homeMi Casa Su Casa - My House Is Your House1906932941
2714231117101095entire_homeLovely Penthouse - View - Heart of Downtown1979815091
23353187878287762entire_homeLuxury 2 Bd,2bath Downtown w/Street Level Entrance750021972
21345540C27562bcentire_homeLuxury Bar Boat fits 10532281921
27954001DB-2017-05485private_roomGuest House-4 Convenient to Downtown2111407382
27957252DB-2017-05485private_roomGuest House-6 Convenient to Downtown2111407383
27675765Examppprivate_roomVancouver Multi-unit building859952961
17833138Excemptentire_homePanoramic Water + Mountain View in Gastown1217869064
25426653Pendingentire_homeCharming Laneway Home in the Heart of East Van84002153
26495317pending approvalprivate_roomBeautiful kingsize room in the heart of East Van!1129546732
26496921pending approvalentire_homeBeautiful 2 bed kingsize garden suite in East Van!1129546733
17404142STR8549512entire_homeNEW 2BR private suite, near subway, city centre143010355
26997674STR8549599shared_roomNew house Super luxury Excellent room balcony .964657031
111077STR8613765entire_homeClean and Comfy, 2 Bd, Walk to the Drive5696823
6285444Valid Vancouver Airbnb businesentire_homeDesigner Home w/PLAYROOM 5min to Downtown16159392

To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

  1. Introduce licence auto-verification, so, we can nip unlicensed units and licence cheats in the bud
  2. Introduce a tough new bylaw and agreements that hold platforms accountable for the hosts’ actions
  3. Make Airbnb fines lienable, so that the city can place liens against egregious violators who refuse to pay the fines

Rental rebate funded by Airbnb fines to help renters facing 4.5% increase

The 4.5% allowable rent increase for 2019 announced by the BC government will hit Vancouver renters hard. I pledge to offer Vancouver’s renters a rental rebate financed by Airbnb fines. Such a move would help rental households without burdening either the Vancouver taxpayers or our city’s landlords.

The latest Airbnb scan I conducted last night detected 3,480 violations of the short term rental bylaws. By fining these violations at $1,000 per day for just 30 days, we can collect $104M. That’s $104 million in the rental affordability fund.

Total Airbnb Listings 4066
Duplicate Licences 1065
Dubious Exemptions 195
Obviously Fake 60
Inocrrect License Type 165
Hosts with multiple units 1995
Total violations 3480
Fines collected ($1,000 * 30 days) $104,400,000
Total rental households in Vancouver 136,135
Rebate per household $767
Median 2 BR rent in Vancouver1)http://quantitativerhetoric.com/monthly-rental-report-august-2018.html $2,700
Annual increase $ amount at 4.5% $1,458
After rebate $691
Effective increase after rebate 2.13%

There are 136,135 rental households in Vancouver2)https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/housing-characteristics-fact-sheet.pdf. If we spread the $104 million equally, each current rental household will receive $767 a rental rebate. With the rebate, the effective increase for median Vancouver renter of a two bedroom will go down to just 2.13%.

While a rent freeze sounds great on paper, such a move would act as a disincentive to potential landlords, and could cause a further reduction in our already dangerously low vacancy rate. The rental affordability fund, on the other hand, helps renters without hurting landlords.

Airbnb and other short term rental platforms have been responsible for falling vacancy rates and rising rents. It’s only fitting that we target Airbnb violators to fund rental affordability.

I believe Vancouver should take care of those who take care of our city and our citizens. I dream of a place where those who contribute to our communities are able to afford to live in the city. I’m running for city councillor to see that dream come true. Please help me by donating and volunteering to my campaign.

References   [ + ]

1. http://quantitativerhetoric.com/monthly-rental-report-august-2018.html
2. https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/housing-characteristics-fact-sheet.pdf

Aribnb listings using licences issued for other businesses

Airbnb hosts seem to be getting around the new licensing requirements by using licences issued for other businesses, including licences for massage therapist, computer services and health services.

Listing IDLicenceLicence TypeRoom TypeName
44810418-587591Apartment House Strataentire_homeModern Charm in Downtown Vancouver
73289518-586073Apartment House Strataentire_homeBest Location in Downtown - Bright Beautiful 1bdr
675974418-601280Apartment House Strataentire_homeAmazing Location, Great View
2338192318-602677Apartment House Strataentire_homeLuxurious Yaletown 2 bed with gorgeous water views
2397681418-604969Apartment House Strataentire_homeStudio Condo in Olympic Village (brand new)
2397657418-604969Apartment House Strataentire_homeBrand new condo Olympic Village
2623590618-587598Apartment House Strataentire_home?Downtown w/ parking, in-suite laundry, amenities?
83833618-535826Apartment House Strataentire_home3 BEDROOM, 3 LEVEL TOWNHOUSE
129139418-549007Secondary Suite - Permanententire_homeClean New Kits 3 bedroom/ 2bath!
1978828918-439405Duplexprivate_roomKitsilano Hidden Gem
Now can sleep up to 4
2401663318-547315Non-profit Housingentire_home#319 Self-contained, double-occupancy suite
901453418-454788Multiple Dwellingprivate_roomBEAUTIFUL SHAUNGHNESSY MANSION
2259813118-550192Secondary Suite - Permanententire_homeModern Lower Level Suite on Quiet Street
1652204818-517152Secondary Suite - Permanententire_homecozy 1 bedroom suite near main street
1403862318-475851Secondary Suite - Permanententire_homeModern Family Home across from Park & Tennis Cour
2392554918-602680Apartment House Strataentire_homeFabulous One Bed w/ Coal Harbour View
2819993418-453877Massage Therapistprivate_roomAMAZING Unobstructed Ocean/Marina/Mountain Views!
2594193818-454906Multiple Dwellingentire_home??????????????
2168199918-579426One-Family Dwellingentire_homeHigh end apartment Downtown-Great Amenities!!
218811318-554147Apartment House Strataentire_home5 star Luxury ShangriLa hotel condo
1808940118-587593Apartment House Strataentire_homeStudio With Parking in the Heart of Downtown
504032018-601276Apartment House Strataentire_homeGorgeous 1-Bdr Walk Everywhere!
2048430818-609687Apartment House Strataentire_homeSpacious Studio Downtown Apartment w/Parking
2074742618-466370Residential/Commercialprivate_roomBed & Breakfast, historic house. Heart of Downtown
1998175718-602672Apartment House Strataentire_homeSpectacular modern 2 bedroom with stunning view !
2076142318-466370Residential/Commercialprivate_roomSummer B&B. Vancouver Downtown Best location!
2074694418-466370Residential/Commercialprivate_roomThe Cozy renovated Loft in Van Dowtown 3bed/1bath
2659690418-466370Residential/Commercialprivate_roomCozy room w/own washroom in Vancouver downtown
2076207818-466370Residential/Commercialprivate_roomB&B. Summer Special - Van Downtowns Heart
2338297418-449035Health Servicesentire_homeSacred Space Heritage Loft in Gastown Downtown
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To meaningfully protect our long term rental market from being decimated by Airbnb and other short term accommodation platforms, we must take the following steps:

  1. Introduce licence auto-verification, so, we can nip unlicensed units and licence cheats in the bud
  2. Introduce a tough new bylaw and agreements that hold platforms accountable for the hosts’ actions
  3. Make Airbnb fines lienable, so that the city can place liens against egregious violators who refuse to pay the fines

 

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