Coronavirus Renter Relief in Vancouver and Other Stories
Each month Spraggs Law publishes Vancouver Legal News, a curated selection of articles about legal issues being discussed in the news. This month we start off with stories about tenancy and COVID-19 rent supports.
Housing analyst Frances Bula discusses how B.C.’s rent supplement for certain categories of renters is an unusual approach, not matched anywhere else in Canada or the US, as governments craft different variations on the kinds of help they’re offering. But, Bula says, there are challenges with getting renter relief to those who need it. Read more >>
“Looters and profiteers must be punished”
Between March 15 and May 2, business break-ins in one British Columbia city increased from 12 during the same period in 2019, to a whopping 80 this year, close to a seven-fold increase. The cause is believed to be that many small businesses are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more >>
Pandemic reduces ICBC’s claim costs, but crashes its income
Claim costs are down by about $160 million because there have been fewer accidents as drivers stay home. But plunging global stock markets have hit the corporation’s investment portfolio. Read more >>
Car ban sparks bike boom in Stanley Park, but what happens after the pandemic?
“How do we make sure our partners in the park, the restaurants and the aquarium who cars are lifeline for, how can we make it work?” asks a Stanley Park manager. Read more >>