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Camping in British Columbia ranges from rustic to luxurious

Crackling bonfires, lake dips, fishing, and wildlife viewing await when camping in British Columbia.

There’s an experience for all comfort levels, ranging from multi-day backcountry expeditions to upscale glamping in furnished yurts.  Camping options in British Columbia include a vast network of provincial and national parks, privately operated campgrounds and RV parks, and recreation sites and trails.

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$25,000,000.00 Cloverdale Mansion – Still available!

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.

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Rental housing task force proposals get mixed reviews

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

Investor? Landlord? KNOW the upcoming changes!

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.

Glow Christmas returns to Langley

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