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Series S520 - Rental Accommodation Grievance Board appeal files

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Rental Accommodation Grievance Board appeal files

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  • 1969-1975 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Rental Accommodation Grievance Board

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2.86 m of textual records

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The Rental Accommodation Grievance Board was established by Council in September 1969 under By-law no. 4448. Three Board members were appointed by Council for about 3 years each, with one of those appointed chair, according to the by-law and amendments. The Board office was located on the ground floor of City Hall.

Created to solve some of the problems caused by Vancouver's low vacancy rate in rental housing, which left some tenants particularly vulnerable in rental disputes, the Board was authorized to settle grievances between landlords and tenants (e.g. excessive damage deposits, proper notice of rent increases, unauthorized entry, mitigation of damages, standards for accommodation, etc.).

As early as 1970, the Board's powers were called into question. Changes to the provincial Landlord and Tenant Act specifically noted the types of duties performed by the Board were under provincial jurisdiction. This legislation was confirmed in a Small Claims Court decision in February 1972. In 1973, the judgement was upheld by the B.C. Supreme Court and the Board was relegated to a more advisory role. Although the by-law remained in place, the powers of the Board had been effectively disallowed by the courts. In 1974, the provincial government assumed greater control over rental housing in the province with the establishment of the Office of the Rentalsman. With their responsibilities supplanted by provincial legislation, the Board advised the City Council that the Board should be disbanded and all services discontinued. Such a motion was passed by Council on February 18, 1975.

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Official custodian was the Office of the City Clerk

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Series contains grievance case files relating to complaints of either the tenant or the landlord in the rental relationship, the majority grievances of tenants. Records include completed applications for filing a grievance and the official signed judgement of the Board. Arranged by appeal number and followed by tenant and landlord name card index set.

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Privacy restrictions apply; please consult the archivist.
Restriction details: The records contain personal information on landlords and tenants, particularly names and addresses, etc.
Act reference: FOIPPA sec. 22(3)(j)
Access form required: Yes
Academic approval required: No

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