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Burnaby rents out of reach: group 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Metrotown is a hub for new condos. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Metrotown is a hub for new condos. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Construction of highrises throughout Burnaby is displacing “average” residents in the city, argues the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

ACORN held a rally Tuesday near Metrotown in Burnaby, an area which has seen numerous highrises erected recently.

Monica McGovern from the organization said much of the older, cheaper housing is being purchased by landlords who let it rot, forcing out the tenants and making way for expensive condos residents cannot afford.

“We’re trying to draw attention to the all the highrises Burnaby council is approving,” McGovern said. “They’re getting highrises built, displacing people who could never afford luxury condos.”

She said if it keeps up, only “rich people, not average people” will be able to afford to buy or rent in Burnaby, and the province has not built new housing for low-income residents for a few years.

Her group is hoping to convince Burnaby to pass a building maintenance act that would force people who buy older low-rise buildings to keep them up to code, so the residents aren’t effectively forced out.

The group will be making a presentation to the city in the near future to state their case.

 

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