Look to clubs to run housing projects

The price of a home is no longer based on what it is worth; it’s determined by what we are perceived to be able to pay.

Dear Editor:

As more and more households have two incomes, many prospective home owners are able to pay a lot more for a home than it is worth.

That is one of many reasons Canadian real estate has become overpriced. The price of a home is no longer based on what it is worth; it’s determined by what we are perceived to be able to pay.

While Summerland city council is all excited about what they term a “revolutionary” style of housing development they are entertaining for the property where the current RCMP building is located, they might want to look at the Sunrise Village on Raymer Avenue in Kelowna.

This is a similar development, where homes are located on privately owned land with short term leases.

One of the main reasons why this format is not very common, let alone popular, is that the landlord can evict the tenants, by serving relatively short notice.

Similar land use legislation applies to B.C. mobile home parks today.

One of former Premier Gordon Campbell’s claims to fame was changing the Mobile Home Act so that land owners could turf their tenants by giving them only one year notice.

As a result, a quarter of a million B.C. mobile home owners could be booted out of their parks with nowhere to go.

Many have already lost their homes.

Gordon Campbell’s loyal MLAs readily rubber stamped that legislation, while developers were celebrating.

At the end of the day, does the city really have a mandate to try to compensate for an inflated housing market?

Why should city taxpayers be on the hook for expensive rental property, when many of them cannot afford to buy their own home?

If anything, why not approach the local service clubs and ask them to consider building and managing co-op housing developments similar to the Kiwanis tower in Kelowna.

Anders E. Thomsen

Summerland

 

Just Posted

Information gathered about development

Summerland municipal website has details about Banks Crescent proposal

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Kelowna West byelection called for Feb. 14

Four candidate race to replace departed former B.C. premier Christy Clark

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan kicks off

Fifty restaurants in the region will participate in this year’s event

Penticton youth centre finally gets home, sweet home

Youth centre organizers can start renovating 501 Main Street after getting the keys to the building

Look for the hope in her eyes

Two Kelowna charities put on a fundraiser to help marginalized women

LIVE: Solitary confinement in Canadian prisons unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court

Associations argued that solitary confinement was inhuman

1 in 4 B.C. consumers unable to pay bills, debt repayment: poll

Since interest rates first rose in July, poll suggests households across B.C. have had to tighten budget

Head on collision claims the life of Nelson man

Vehicles have since been cleared and the highway is open.

B.C. man convicted in fatal boat crash awaiting appeal date

Leon Reinbrecht maintains rights breached by delays

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

Toonie Tree raises money

Funds raised will be used to furnish hearing aids for a needy Summerland student

B.C. husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

Couple presented with Vital Link Awards for quick use of CPR

Most Read