Hopefully during your life as a renter you haven't had to rely on the Residential Tenancies Act too much. If that's not the case, you're likely well versed in some part of your rights, but maybe not all of them. Many of us renters rely on hearsay information we've picked up over the years and as it turns out, a lot of it is misconstrued or, in some cases, completely wrong.
Vancouver city councillor Tim Stevenson wants to deny landlords the ability to deny tenancies to pet owners. His concern is for seniors, widows, and anyone lacking close companionship in their lives. While his goal is laudable goal like many causes he's advocated for in the past, his heart may be in the wrong place this time.
There are hundreds of thousands of tenants in B.C. and dozens of them face eviction every day for highly sympathetic reasons. Their income is interrupted so they can't pay rent; their housing subsidy is cut off; their landlord decides it needs them out in order to do renovations. Tenants facing eviction should not all be tarred by the same brush.