The City of Vancouver has launched a new database for renters. You can search the database by address or geographic area. In your search you will receive information on maintenance, fire and safety infractions for that particular building.
WERA believes this is a good first step for West End renters to be able to find a healthy, safe and secure home. However, let’s make it even better. A comprehensive search tool would be extremely useful to really be effective against landlord harassment and renovictions. Renters will need to combine this new rental database with other information such as:
- the bedbug registry;
- building permits, development permits and electrical permits issued by the City; and
- BC’s Residential Tenancy Branch (specifically eviction hearing decisions).
WERA President, Christine Ackermann, was interviewed by Global News on this topic. Watch the video here.