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Garden Cottages approved by Saanich

November 23rd, 2019
Garden suites are purpose-built separate dwellings on a property that are used as rental housing. The motion will be the first time that the municipality allows detached dwellings on a property. Previously, secondary suites had to be attached to a home.

Garden suites will be permitted in backyards, and in front or beside a home if a request is made and approved by the municipality.

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B.C. Government makes changes to Building Code for Secondary Suites

November 23rd, 2019
The British Columbia government has announced changes to the building code (effective Dec 12, 2019) that expand options for secondary suites in multi-family buildings. The change will give local governments the choice to allow secondary suites in side-by-side multi-family buildings such as duplexes, townhouses and row housing. The changes do not apply to apartment-style buildings where units ...

Vancouver gets "more aggressive" proposals to create more rentals

November 23rd, 2019
Proposals under review by the city:     
  • Rentals should be allowed in low-density transition zones that are near, but not right on, arterials. 
  • That would mean four-storey apartments and rentals on many streets that are now restricted to single-detached houses.         
  • Rental apartments proposed along the city’s main arterials no longer have to go through rezonings.
  • This could streamli ...

STR - Short Term Rental rules in Vancouver

November 18th, 2019
Only a person’s primary residence — or portion thereof, such as a room — may now be legally rented out on a short-term basis. (All secondary suites, laneway homes, second homes or vacation properties in the city, if rented out, must be rented for 30 days or more.) Those who rent out part or all of their primary residence on a short-term basis must obtain a business licence from the City and f ...

Burnaby with New Licence Fees for Secondary and Basement Suite owners

November 18th, 2019
The new licence fees mean people who rent out a second property will now be charged $130 a year, but those who rent out a secondary or basement suite in their primary residence will pay $570 annually. Must register by November 30.

The licence for those renting out a home they don't live in will be $130 annually, with the planned $50 application fee eliminated.

The city has also reduced the fe ...

Saanich Looking at Garden Suites AND Secondary Suites

November 18th, 2019
The (Saanich) district recently agreed to allow construction of detached garden suites on single-family lots and is now considering whether to allow both secondary suites and garden suites on one lot.

With the council enforcing maximimum number of adults permitted in a residence, they recently had seven women evicted from a seven bedroom house. Students are struggling to find affordable housin ...

Agassiz allowing short term rentals for mortgage helpers

November 18th, 2019
Airbnb logo.pngDuring the council meeting Wednesday night (Nov. 13), council voted to give third reading and final adoption for amendments to the zoning bylaw that would allow for not only bed and breakfasts, but also AirBnB-style rentals in the District of Kent.

Council also voted to approve changes to the business licence bylaw, which will see homeowners looking to add a short term rental to their property ...

Greater Vancouver October 2019 Market Update Video

November 15th, 2019
Sales are up but prices continue to be down which may be the reason sales are up. 

British Columbia Housing Market Update (November 2019)

November 15th, 2019
A more normal market in British Columbia...

B.C. Year-over-Year Statistics as of October 2019

November 13th, 2019
How's real estate in British Columbia? Here's a year-over-year look. Click on the chart below to see details.

Not to be confused with 'How's real estate in Vancouver' or 'Coquitlam' or... "How's real estate for TOWNHOUSES in Ladner?" or "...25 year old HOUSES in Champlain Heights?" or ..."5 year old CONDOS in White Rock?" ..."Aldergrove?" "Victoria?"

The B.C. real estate market is a collectio ...
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