Vancouver tackles issue of vacant homes

The increasing number of vacant homes in Vancouver is to be tackled by a new initiative announced over the weekend by the City of Vancouver’s chief housing officer.

Mukhtar Latif said that a new website will be created allowing residents to report empty properties in their neighbourhood “in a coherent fashion.”

The reports will then be matched with data from BC Hydro. Vancouver’s vacancy rate is a major problem for affordability in the city and this initiative could go some way to tackling the issue. 

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  • by EddieN 2015-04-27 8:23:27 AM

    So people are now asked to spy on neighbour's. Is this communism? Since when are people not allowed to do with their property whatever they want (within law), including keeping it vacant? And let's say that it is vacant? Will the government then force the owners to rent it out as "affordable" housing? This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. The whole thing stinks of a police state.

  • by Dave 2015-04-27 10:01:16 AM

    Totally agreed with you Eddie.
    Don't they also pay thier property taxes???? This taskforce should tackle the issue of trespassing person canping at the properties instead.

  • by Joe 2015-04-27 10:33:09 AM

    Apparently you do not own your property anymore. You merely license it from the state. If you pay your property taxes and the building isn't in dangerous disrepair, then it is nobody's business if it is vacant or not.

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