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housing

119 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Doug Ford, Minister Todd Smith, MPP Bob Bailey

End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontario's new home buyers a choice!

Doug Ford wants the market to dictate and so do we! It's time to end Tarion's monopoly!  Justice Cunningham, in his Tarion Review, also recommended ending Tarion's monopoly: "...I am recommending the introduction of a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection.  Introducing competition should encourage continuous improvement and innovation. This in turn can lead to better consumer outcomes such as enhancements in warranty protection beyond minimum amounts..." (Justice Douglas Cunningham, Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). Tarion is a private corporation created as a monopoly by the Government of Ontario to provide warranty protection to new home buyers and to regulate builders. The legislation was established in 1976 – 42 years ago – and many agree that it has never worked properly. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation.  It's time for Ontario to catch up to other provinces like Alberta, BC and Manitoba and offer a CHOICE of warranty providers! Sign this petition to ask Premier-Elect Ford to end Tarion’s monopoly and offer a number of warranty providers in Ontario -- like Justice Cunningham recommended -- and like other Canadian provinces are doing.  It's time for Ontario to catch up!

Canadians for Properly Built Homes
1,139 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Berkeley Planning Commission, Berkeley City Council

Fully Implement More Student Housing Now!

More and more students in Berkeley are finding it difficult to find housing they can afford. As enrollment rises and the Bay Area suffers from one of the worst housing crises in modern history, students are forced to make tradeoffs no student should have to make. Some have to triple and even quadruple up in rooms to make rent, some commute to class from beyond the city limits, and some even become housing insecure. Whatever the choice, high housing costs are a major obstacle to the wellbeing and educational goals of students. It doesn’t have to be this way. The UC Administration and the City of Berkeley already have the tools to deliver housing relief to students. The University owns numerous sites near campus on which it can develop dense student housing. The City controls zoning near campus, and it can legalize the construction of thousands more beds simply by reforming zoning. Relief is a question of will, not ability. Student housing relief simply can’t wait. In February, the Berkeley City Council passed the More Student Housing Now resolution, which would reform zoning in the Southside area to create thousands of affordable and market-rate beds for students. However, the plan still requires consideration by the Planning Commission before it can go into effect. The University has said its student housing plans will abide by city zoning, so enacting More Student Housing Now is key to building the housing students need and deserve. Tell the City to prioritize More Student Housing Now!

More Student Housing Now
5 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Wilmington City Council

Keep Short-Term Rentals Legal in Wilmington

Visitors have used short-term rentals for as long as Wilmington has existed. Short term rentals also serve as homes for Wilmington families during remodels, between leases, and during emergencies. They serve as guest bedrooms to welcome grandparents visiting grandchildren, and for parents and siblings visiting UNCW students. They provide new Wilmington families a clean, comfortable home to start a new chapter of their lives. Visiting professors, nurses, artists, musicians, actors, and others involved in film and digital media production all depend on short-term rentals. Wilmington City Council members should recognize the value of short-term rentals in providing flexible housing, and legalize and formalize short-term rentals as a unique and valuable alternative for travelers. They should further remove the one-week minimal rental period that is hidden in the definition of a “dwelling unit.” Many short-term renters cannot afford to take an entire week (plus travel time) when they visit Wilmington. Weddings, conferences, sporting events, and family gatherings often require less than a week’s rental. Wilmington city leaders also need to recognize that short-term rentals are a non-commercial activity, governed by the same or similar guidelines and laws as those governing long-term residential rental properties, including the absence of additional laws or ordinances for dealing with nuisance issues already covered under existing city codes. Cities around the world that have created burdensome regulations, or implemented bans, end up with two unintended consequences. Because people have a choice of where to vacation and where to hold events, and because many of these people prefer short term rentals to hotels, they will vote with their feet and choose a different place to spend their money. And because other people will continue to have a need to come to Wilmington for work assignments, family gatherings, or hospitalizations, the short-term rental owners that remain will continue to operate underground, resulting in lost tax revenues. Hiring additional planners, analysts, and code enforcement officers to determine if a short-term rental is complying with an arbitrary number of days per rental is ineffective and burdensome to Wilmington taxpayers. Short-term rental owners contribute every month to the New Hanover County Room Occupancy Tax, which supports tourism promotion programs and beach renourishment. County tax administrator Roger Kelley told the Lumina News in August 2015 that his office very seldom finds short term rental owners who aren’t paying Room Occupancy Taxes. Short term rental owners also create millions of dollars per year in economic impact for the community and contribute to the incomes of hundreds of local families through hiring local landscapers, accountants, housekeepers, managers, contractors, and more. A recent analysis in nearby Myrtle Beach found that in 2013, short-term rentals generated $200.7 million in total economic activity, with $168.6 million directly attributable to visitor spending on short-term rentals and related food, retail, recreation, transportation and other expenses. For every $100 a traveler spent on lodging, they spent an additional $69 on food, $24 on local transportation, $48 on arts, entertainment, and recreation activities, and $59 on retail shopping. The study also found short-term rental activity created 2,587 local jobs, primarily in restaurants and bars and in the arts, entertainment, retail and recreation sectors throughout the county. Beyond the $56.3 million in direct spending on short-term rentals, visitors spend money elsewhere in the local economy, which in turn has a ripple, or multiplier, effect. Even the United States Conference of Mayors has stated: “Fair regulation of short-term rentals ensures greater compliance and greater receipt of local hotel taxes,” and, “Onerous regulations of short-term rentals can drive the industry underground, thus evading local regulations and local hotel taxes.” Why jeopardize Wilmington’s success? Why try and find a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist? Please keep short-term rentals legal in all residential zoning districts, and please remove the arbitrary minimal rental period of one week that is hidden in the definition of a “dwelling unit.” For more information, please visit The North Carolina Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity at http://ncalliance.net/

North Carolina Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity
1,553 supporters