Topic

housing affordability

4 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to The Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Housing Minister, British Columbia Attorney General

End “No Pets” Policies in British Columbia

Amidst an unprecedented affordable housing crisis and historically low vacancy rates across British Columbia, affordable pet-friendly housing is in dramatically short supply and existing units are quickly disappearing. An estimated 75-97% of rentals have 'no pets' policies in place, putting families with pets at an unfair disadvantage to secure housing. Stratas often enact unreasonable pet restrictions, limiting the choice and personal freedoms of homeowners. In 2016, the BC SPCA alone took in 1,774 companion animals due to the lack of pet-friendly housing, a number which has risen steadily each year since they started keeping record in 2012.  'No pets' policies are based on the widespread misperception that pets are likely to cause excessive damages, which has been shown by peer-reviewed studies to be a fallacy. The fact is tenants without pets incur virtually the same amount of damages on average, and any pet-friendly landlord can attest that the benefits of providing pet-friendly housing outweigh the risks.  Our proposal follows the legal precedent set in Ontario, which removed the pet restrictions clause from their Residential Tenancies Act in 1990, and has enjoyed a greater abundance of pet-friendly, family-friendly housing for 27 years. Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House introduce and pass a motion urging the government to repeal and replace Sections 18 (1) (2) and (3) of the Residential Tenancy Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.78, Sections 18 (1) and (2) of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.77, Section 123 (1) of the Strata Property Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 43, and repeal Section 3(4) of the Schedule of Standard Bylaws in the Strata Property Act, S.B.C. 1998, c. 43, to allow tenants of all of these types of properties to keep pets in their homes.

Pets OK BC
28,700 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to The Government of Canada

Pop the Housing Bubble

Toronto is in a housing bubble and it is making homes less affordable. With Toronto becoming such a big city that attracts many different people from around the globe, the demand for houses and condos are rapidly increasing. Foreigners and Canadians are taking advantage of this bubble. They are purchasing up homes to invest because they believe that the price of homes will increase indefinitely. This bubble needs to pop, prices are increasing to the point where one home could be worth two homes elsewhere. With this issue, many people who work or go to school in Toronto are unable to find affordable homes that suit their preferences.  By signing a petition, you are agreeing with our suggestions for the Canadian government. Our suggestions are as follows: Create a country wide foreign tax: More foreigners are purchasing up homes for investment, these homes are used as rent or sold for later use. This comes into conflict with domesticated buyers as many of them want to purchase a home for convenience and accessibility of services within Toronto. When foreigners bought up homes in Vancouver, a housing bubble became apparent in the province. The province had placed a foreign buyers tax. However, this drove foreigners to Toronto which created another housing bubble. By slightly taxing foreigners in every province, there will be a decrease in foreign investors and will open up more opportunities for citizens within Ontario. Create a maximum price a home can increase before it stops: We want to make homes affordable and worth their quality. Many homes could range in the millions while they may not seem like it. Furthermore, home-owners who are looking to sell their homes are becoming hesitant due to the belief that their homes will continue to increase in price. By creating a limit for the price of certain homes, many would be less hesitant to sell their homes. 

Andy Tam
607 supporters