Hot, Hot Housing 🔥🔥🏠 is a reported column on the housing crisis in Vancouver and beyond in lead up to the October municipal elections.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts predicted the worldwide halt of many economic activities would lead to a drop in home sales, prices and rents. Instead, the opposite happened.
In this column, reporters Jen St. Denis and Christopher Cheung investigate all the forces causing prices and rents to overheat, and where policy is falling short. They also dig into the hot emotions of just how bad unaffordability has become. B.C.’s Housing Minister David Eby said the battle to find a home here has turned into The Hunger Games.
Got housing stories of your own? Whether it’s market hijinks, tenancy horrors or survival tips, you can email our reporters at email@example.com.
In This Series
Our final column examines the effect of runaway inflation on home affordability in Canada’s priciest province.
StatCan’s latest survey is troubling on many levels. But the housing crisis isn’t without solutions. Our newest Hot, Hot Housing.
City council candidates share their thoughts.
They got their foot in the door ahead of a hot rental market, but there’s ‘always fear’ of renoviction.
The 17-storey building is one of seven city-owned sites being developed into affordable housing. Our latest Hot, Hot Housing.
Despite the dangers, many prefer sheltering in remote areas to being repeatedly displaced in a city.
‘It really amounts to… a transfer of wealth from tenants to landlords,’ says one tenant advocate.
To ease your headaches, some answers to FAQs.
From rent control to the speculation tax, Kevin Falcon opens up. Our Hot, Hot Housing interview.
Metro Van’s third-biggest city considers building a housing corp from scratch.
BC’s speculation and vacancy tax returned 20,000 empty units to the rental market, says economist Tsur Somerville.
Thanks for your queries. We break down everything from view cones to vacancy control in this week’s Hot, Hot Housing.
To renters they pose opportunity or threat, depending on who you ask. The latest in Hot, Hot Housing.
Not if council passes my amendment, says the mayor. We asked two renters’ groups if he’s right. The latest in Hot, Hot Housing.
Tenant protections have fallen short in BC. Some say collective bargaining power is the solution. Our latest Hot, Hot Housing.
For Chau Luen Society, the barriers literally grow out of a previous victory for the neighbourhood. The latest in Hot, Hot Housing.
In Metro Vancouver, subway lines spawn pricey new units and benefit high-income people most. Can we even the scales? The latest in Hot, Hot Housing.
New data show fewer kids in many neighbourhoods. What’s the impact? Where are families moving? The latest in Hot, Hot Housing.
Between 1973 and 1994, Canada built 16,000 affordable homes a year. Why can’t we do that now? Our latest Hot, Hot Housing column.
Time for the province to get tough? Our Hot, Hot Housing interview with the minister.
The province has hinted at cutting councils’ control of housing projects. The UBCM says there’s no need. Our latest Hot, Hot Housing.
Could this throwback be part of today’s affordable living solution? Our latest Hot, Hot Housing.
Property ownership can be shrouded in mystery in BC. Our latest Hot, Hot Housing shows you how to lift the veil.
What to do when nostalgic aesthetics block new housing? This week’s Hot, Hot Housing.
Craigslist data shows rents are rising, along with home prices. The latest in our Hot, Hot Housing series.
Today begins our weekly coverage of BC’s affordability crisis and ideas to address it.