Rental Housing Crunch, Shadow Flipping, Racism, Airbnb

Homelessness … sort of.

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Kelowna mayor feeling the heat from locals about rental housing crunch

InfoTel News Ltd ‎Jul 13, 2016‎
KELOWNA – Mayor Colin Basran says he’s hearing plenty from residents affected by the rental housing crunch in Kelowna which is why he thought it necessary to release a “guest column” to local media last week.

Ian Young on the secret tax crackdown on Vancouver’s foreign-money real estate deals

CKNW News Talk 980 – Jul 14, 2016
The one thing that the provincial government doesn’t want to talk about when it comes to our crazy real estate market is money laundering.

Shadow-flipping, bulldozing high-end houses, claiming the Working Tax Benefit while owning a $5.8 million house…

And racism …

Accusations of racism stifling Vancouver’s housing debate, say activists

CBC.ca ‎Jul 13, 2016‎
Foreign money, mostly from China, matters when it comes to the Lower Mainland real estate market – so why can’t we talk about that openly?

is Airbnb part of problem?

Elizabeth Warren urges probe of Airbnb-type rentals

Yahoo News ‎Jul 13, 2016‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday called for a regulatory probe into whether short-term rental websites such as Airbnb are taking housing away from long-term renters and pushing up prices. Warren, joined by Senators …