It’s hard not to chuckle when real estate agent Carolyn Glazier tells you her client is selling their $28.8-million, 13,000-square foot-plus Villa di Fonti luxury mansion in Surrey because they’ve decided to downsize.
Compared to this place, that’d be pretty much every other residential property in B.C., and with very few exceptions when it comes to price.
“They’ve enjoyed the property and their grandkids have enjoyed the property. I think they’re now just downsizing,” Glazier said of the current owners, whose names she declined to reveal.
“They’ve loved it; they’ve had weddings and events with friends and family there, they’ve enjoyed the property thoroughly.”
When you pass through the front gate, at 4552 192nd St., you can’t say you’re on a driveway – it’s more like a road, in the conventional sense, and a pretty long one at that.
Article taken from Peace Arch News
Vancouver Tenants Union says recommendations for government don’t go far enough
B.C.’s rental housing task force has recommended the province end nearly all renovictions and prevent strata corporations from banning rentals in condo developments — but tenants’ advocates say the proposals don’t go far enough.
The task force on Wednesday presented the government with 23 recommendations meant to offer more protection for tenants and security for landlords.
At the very top of the list is stopping renovictions — the practice of forcing out tenants so the landlord can perform renovations, then set a higher rent.
The task force also recommends keeping the current system of tying rent increases to the tenant, rather than to the home. This means landlords would still be permitted to raise their rents above the annual allowable increase when the current tenant moves out. Continue reading →
B.C. should end nearly all renovictions and prevent strata corporations from banning rentals in condo developments, the province’s task force for rental housing has recommended. The task force presented the government with 23 recommendations Wednesday, meant to offer more protection for tenants and security for landlords. Here are all 23:
RECOMMENDATION 1: STOP RENOVICTIONS
RECOMMENDATION 2: WORK WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DEVELOP TENANT COMPENSATION AND RELOCATION GUIDELINES IN THE CASE OF DEMOLITION OF PURPOSE-BUILT RENTAL TO REDUCE DISLOCATION, AND HOMELESSNESS OF AFFECTED TENANTS.
RECOMMENDATION 3: SET A CLEAR TIMELINE FOR A TENANT’S DECISION ON THE USE OF A RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL.
RECOMMENDATION 4: IMPLEMENT A B.C.-WIDE RENT BANK SYSTEM FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE.
RECOMMENDATION 5: STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING IMPLEMENTING A CLEAR PROCESS FOR MAKING, INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY COMPLAINTS.
RECOMMENDATION 6: STRENGTHEN PENALTIES FOR BREAKING THE LAW, INCLUDING REFUSAL OF SERVICE FOR OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES.
RECOMMENDATION 7: INVESTIGATE WAYS TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO BAILIFF SERVICES IN SMALLER AND MORE REMOTE COMMUNITIES.
RECOMMENDATION 8: INVESTIGATE OTHER OPTIONS TO INCREASE THE REPAYMENT RATE FOR DAMAGES, NON-PAYMENT OF RENT AND OTHER STORAGE COSTS IF ORDERED BY THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY BRANCH.
RECOMMENDATION 9: INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF CURRENTLY EMPTY STRATA HOUSING BY ELIMINATING A STRATA CORPORATION’S ABILITY TO BAN OWNERS FROM RENTING THEIR OWN STRATA UNITS.
RECOMMENDATION 10: MAINTAIN RENT TIED TO THE RENTER, NOT THE UNIT.
RECOMMENDATION 11: WORK WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE SHORT-TERM RENTAL RULES TO BETTER PROTECT LONG-TERM RENTAL STOCK.
RECOMMENDATION 12: MAKE THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY BRANCH MORE RESPONSIVE, ACCESSIBLE AND PROACTIVE WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FROM AND EDUCATE LANDLORDS AND RENTERS ON THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
RECOMMENDATION 13: IMPROVE FAIRNESS AND CONSISTENCY OF THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY BRANCH DISPUTE RESOLUTION HEARINGS PROCESS BY RECORDING ALL HEARINGS.
RECOMMENDATION 14: IMPROVE PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS BY EXPANDING REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS TO INCLUDE MOREGROUNDS FOR REVIEW.
RECOMMENDATION 15: REQUIRE LANDLORDS WHO ARE FILING FOR EVICTION FOR CAUSE, OR FOR RENOVATION, TO PROVIDE ALL EVIDENCE WITH ANY EVICTION NOTICE TO THE AFFECTED TENANTS
RECOMMENDATION 16: IF REPAIRS ARE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN A RENTAL HOME AND THE LANDLORD IS REFUSING TO MAKE THEM IN A TIMELY WAY, HAVE THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY BRANCH PROACTIVELY REDUCE THE RENT OF AFFECTED TENANTS UNTIL THE REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED.
RECOMMENDATION 17: ALLOW EMAIL AS A FORM OF NOTICE OF SERVICE BETWEEN LANDLORD AND TENANTS.
RECOMMENDATION 18: SPEED UP THE RETURN OF DAMAGE DEPOSITS TO TENANTS BY ALLOWING TENANTS TO MAKE A DIRECT REQUEST TO THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY BRANCH FOR THE DAMAGE DEPOSIT WHERE NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN FOUND AND REPORTED BY THE LANDLORD.
RECOMMENDATION 19: WORK WITH THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY TO SEE IF RENT GUARANTEE INSURANCE, AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO INSURANCE COVERAGE, MIGHT BE PROVIDED FOR LANDLORDS IN B.C.
RECOMMENDATION 20: UNDERTAKE A REVIEW TO SIMPLIFY THE REGULATIONS RELATING TO A LANDLORD’S OBLIGATION TO STORE ABANDONED PERSONAL PROPERTY.
RECOMMENDATION 21: ENSURE IT IS CLEAR FOR ALL LANDLORDS AND RENTERS WHERE TO GO TO GET HELP FOR ALL FORMS OF RESIDENTIAL TENANCY
RECOMMENDATION 22: ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF NON-PROFIT HOUSING AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROVIDERS IN THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCY ACT.
RECOMMENDATION 23: ENSURE MANUFACTURED HOME PARK RULES ARE CLEAR AND UNDERSTANDABLE. CLARIFY WHAT
OCCURS WHEN PARK RULES CONFLICT WITH LEASE OR CONTRACT RULES.
Journey through an epic 210 foot long illuminated light tunnel this month
Glow Christmas returns to Langley for another season of festive enchantment.
As the only major Christmas attraction in the Fraser Valley, it offers guests an impressive variety of Christmas displays, as well as a market in a greenhouse at Langley’s Miller Garden Centre.
Over a million lights will twinkle in the event’s four displays, and one of them is an impressive, 63-metre-long illuminated tunnel. The event expanded this year, and now stretches over 4,000 square meters and features themed rooms that follow Santa’s global journey.
What’s more, the annual festival runs for nearly three weeks longer than in previous years, allowing you ample time to visit, or to visit a few times.
The market showcases work from numerous artisans and boutiques, and there are a plethora of mouthwatering food-trucks on hand for when you get hungry. In fact, the market offers over 40 vendors, so you are sure to find the perfect holiday gift (or a fun treat for yourself.)
The playground offers an area for children to enjoy some festive fun, while the adults have a chance to enjoy a festive alcoholic beverage from the bar.
The jolly event kicks off on November 22 this year, and runs until January 19, 2019. Continue reading →
We’ve seen the previews from all your favourites on the high street and beyond; and trust us when we say there is plenty to look forward to! Here’s our round-up of the top home decor trends to look out for to help you stay ahead of the curve in 2018.
Last year saw us filling our homes with totally tropical jungle prints, flamboyant flamingos and just about anything and everything metallic we could get out hands on! So what does the year ahead hold in the trend stakes? Here are our top predictions for home decor trends to keep up with in 2018…
1. Rich pigments
Grey may still be the neutral of choice for many interiors, but colour is set to be bolder this year. We’re feeling braver with colour choices – on both walls and furniture pieces, as sofa colour choices of late have demonstrated. Moody interiors are more popular than ever, too, with brooding violet, navy and striking emerald green all key colours for 2018.
The rich new shades that make up the spring/summer palette are all beautifully enhanced further on furniture pieces in luscious velvet!
British Columbia is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire world; however, lazy rivers truly make for the most magical summer experiences.
Indeed, these flowing currents allow for optimal relaxation with friends in the great outdoors. What’s more, many of the most epic waterways are located in some of the most beautiful settings in the province.
So, grab your colourful floatie, a smile, and head to one of these incredible rivers for an afternoon of fun-filled drifting!
BC’s Best Lazy Rivers
Not only is the Cowichan Valley beautiful, but it also enjoys the warmest weather in the country. As such, riding down the Cowichan River on a sunny day is pure bliss. What’s more, the waters are crystal clear water, and the journey takes you an epic 2.5 hour down stream. And, you can even rent inner-tubes at The Tube Shack if you don’t bring a floatie of your own!
In addition, the Kinsol Trestle bridge is located in the region. As the world’s tallest timber trestle, it positively stuns with awe-inspiring height and a spell-binding latticework design as it soars over the river.
The Okanagan is one of BC’s ideal vacation destinations, and experiences a great deal of warm, sunny weather. The Shuswap River offers a relatively gentle tubing experience as the currents are not strong. As such, the surrounding area is also ideal for swimming. In fact, some even use stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. With that being said, the current will vary depending on the time of year, making it deeper and faster respectively.
Penticton River Channel
Created in the 1950’s to control flooding, the Penticton River Channel offers visitors the ideal drifting experience. For one, its located in a beautiful, sunny reason that boasts myriad activities. In fact, its said to have the highest concentration of wineries in the province. So, after a full day of river fun, you can head to one to the vineyards to taste the tasty grape varietals. In addition, the river channel is four miles long, and filled with fish!
Article by 604 NOW.com