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Vancouver Island community wrestles with how to accommodate people staying in RVs

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Key takeaways: 

  • Recreational cars aren’t authorized to park on city roads or in backyards.
  • Riverside RV & Camping owners in the Cowichan Valley have tripled the monthly rent for RVs, pushing out some renters.

Duncan’s tiny Vancouver Island neighborhood struggles to see accommodation solutions for people who stay in RVs as several face tripling rent increases and limitations on where to park.

While recreational cars are usually cheaper places to stay, they are subject to city bylaws across the Cowichan Valley that don’t authorize them to be parked on city roads, in backyards, or parking lots.

Staying in an RV park offers stability, but park owners don’t have to abide by provincially-regulated rent growths.

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Duncan’s tiny Vancouver Island neighborhood struggles to see accommodation solutions for people who stay in RVs as several face tripling rent increases and limitations on where to park

Carolyn Lawson underwent that firsthand when her monthly rent at Riverside RV & Camping moved from $500 to $1,200.

“I have two earnings not even close to what I would need to survive and live here,” she stated. “It’s just completely heartbreaking for me that I have to go.”

Source – CBC News

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