Fight Demoviction/Renoviction/Unlawful Eviction

We are raising money to rent a billboard. We need to get the word out to Vancouver about the issue of Demovictions & Renovictions that tenants have signed TRP's (tenant relocation program) and that those singed city approved and implemented plans are not valid. There is a large highly visible billboard by BC Place Stadium. It is costly but by far the most visible in Vancouver. The second option would be the digital billboard on the Burrard Street Bridge. These are expensive billboards and we can not afford them on our own.  Should we manage to raise $7000 that would cover a month and there are a few other fees for creating and setting it up. Should we manage to raise more than that we will keep it for longer than a month or use it for the legal fees that are going to come up as a result of the legal action we intend to take.

This case is likely headed to court. The BC RTB may decide they do not have jurisdiction on this type of agreement. From there it would go to court and even has the possibility of going to the Supreme Court of BC as this is a president setting case. Truly it is us 3 families today and possibly you tomorrow. Reliance is the 3rd biggest property developer in Vancouver and has plans on many developments. To be clear we are not against density or new developments. We are against violated agreements and the abandonment of long term renters. We believe density and respect for renters are not at odds with each other but work hand in hand.

With the billboard, we intend to target Reliance Properties Vancouver and get them to honour our signed agreement. We also intend to target the City of Vancouver and Mayor Kennedy Stewart and his lack of ability to advance the protection of tenants in these demovictions/renovictions/illegal evictions. This is a problem facing thousands of people in Vancouver right now.

Our Story:
Reliance Properties Vancouver is trying to raise our rent by $1100.
 They are trying to pressure us into signing new leases so they can accomplish this. If Reliance gets what they want, 3 families will be forced out of Vancouver and it will impact our jobs and ability to engage with the friends, communities, and lifestyle we have built over the years.

Gerard and I have been loyal tenants of Reliance for 20 years. We have paid them close to $300,000 in rent over those years. The reward we are going to get for this loyalty is eviction.

NEWS On our situation see 

They have given us three options as part of the Vancouver TRP and all three violate the signed agreement we have with Reliance. As of January 15th, they ripped up the signed TRP contract we had with them as we did not agree to their new interpretation of it. Reliance has given us until the end of April and at that date, they will move to raise our rent or evict us if we do not sign a new version of the deal that will allow them to increase our rents over $1000. A billion-dollar company trying to squeeze every last dollar out of us, pressuring us with deadlines, sending threatening emails.

We need people to let Reliance Properties and the Vancouver City Mayor Kennedy Stewart know that this is unacceptable and must not be allowed. We must make a stand to developers looking to buy older buildings with intentions to rebuild new luxury high rises. Then skyrocketing our rental market rates. There needs to be accountability to the citizens of this city and their renters. With your support, we can show our councillors that this issue matters to us all.

We thank you for your support. 

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