Visitors to Airbnb hotel battle Burnaby residents over parking

Another Burnaby NOW reader who has seen my column about someone operating an illegal mini-hotel in a local neighborhood says the neighbor down their street in Burnaby is doing the same.

Except that this one is “only” six rooms – instead of nine – which are advertised as short-term rentals.

And the owners have added a special touch to make life more difficult for their neighbors.

“Our neighborhood has been inundated with vehicles because – and it’s weird – they don’t allow their guests to park on beneficial property,” Chet said of the situation. “They have additional spaces on the property, but they force these customers to find parking on the street. It’s funny because there isn’t a lot of parking on our street and now, especially in the summer, we had all these rental vehicles looking for space on our street. I spoke to one of these tourists and they were pissed off because the list didn’t tell them they would fight to park. It’s a nightmare on our street.

Ouch. I guess they won’t get a good grade after these visits.

Recently, I also spoke to Teddy, who says his Burnaby landlord wanted him to move out under the guise of moving into a ‘sick relative’ – which the landlord also told the tenant above.

The idea is that they have to leave because the place will house the relatives of the owner.

“It would be nice if that were true, but she’s lying about it because I know for a fact that she wants to renovate the house to make more bedrooms,” Teddy said. “A contractor stopped last month and she was late and I was chatting with him outside and he reversed the plan. She wants to create these rooms to transform the place into an Airbnb mini-hotel. Guy traced everything. With people traveling again, she knows she can make more money. She’s angry that rents have been frozen for so long, so that’s her big plan. Well, it’s not fair to us so I’m figuring out how to fight it. “

This is just another example of how people are being unfairly deported to Burnaby and beyond.

One of the first comprehensive analyzes of rental housing evictions in Canada found that Metro Vancouver and British Columbia have significantly higher eviction rates than their counterparts in provinces or metropolitan areas across the country.

The report, carried out by UBC researchers Silas Xuereb, Andrea Craig and Craig Jones through the Housing Research Collaborative, revealed the major gap between rental eviction rates between British Columbia and the rest of Canada after exploring data from the 2018 Canadian Housing Survey (survey of over 65,000 Canadians).

For example, the five-year eviction rate for British Columbia in the report reached 10.6% – almost double that of the next highest province (Prince Edward Island, at 6, 8%) and almost three times the rate in the provinces / regions with the lowest deportation rates (Manitoba and Nunavut, 3.7%).

Metro Vancouver, meanwhile, also far surpassed other major metropolitan areas in Canada for that dubious honor, with a five-year eviction rate of 10.5% – again almost or more than double the d other large Canadian CMAs such as Toronto (5.8%) and Montreal (4.2%)).

  • With a report by Chuck Chiang, Business in Vancouver

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