Equality, Equity, and Tenants’ Rights in B.C.

Equality, Equity, and Tenants’ Rights in B.C.

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 recent poll results regarding gender equality in B.C., followed by recent tenants’ rights cases, wrapping up with a communal living arrangement gone sour.

Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in B.C.

Gender discrimination still prevelant in B.C.

Over a quarter of British Columbian women polled by Research Co. and Glacier Media report experiencing varying levels of discrimination based on their gender. Participants of the poll report having experienced gender discrimination in customer service situations, social engagements, and workplace settings.  

Foundation’s response to sexual harrassment claim 

The Pierre Elliot Foundation “denies all liability” in a sexual harassment claim filed in 2021 by a former member of their scholarship program.

Upholding Tenants’ Rights

A woefully inappropriate eviction reminder

Imagine coming home to large signs announcing a new and upcoming development on the plot of land where your rental home stands. That’s how Charity Justabro and other tenants sharing an East Vancouver home found out about their impending evictions

Burnaby landlord paying the cost for being dishonest

One PoCo landlord has been ordered to pay several months of their tenant’s rent after dishonestly attempting to evict them. The case points to a common guise used by some landlords to replace tenants with higher-paying ones.

Can a strata enforce that?

Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners Association of B.C. Tony Gioventu gives examples of the type of Strata bylaws that are enforceable and how some of the more common bylaws work. 

Property Battles Erodes Friendship

Familiarity breeds contempt between friends sharing acreage

Have you ever dreamed of living off the grid or buying and sharing a large property with friends? This couple did it, and now they and their communal living companions are embroiled in a court battle over their shared acreage in central B.C.

Complexities to ponder about communal living arrangements

CPA Canada outlines important considerations regarding joint property co-ownership arrangements with anyone besides your spouse.

What Do You Think?

What do you think about these updates affecting citizens, employers, homeowners, and renters across Canada? If you have questions about employment law, family law, or your rights as a tenant or landlord for our team at Spraggs Law, we’d love to hear from you. Contact one of our lawyers in Vancouver today.