• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments

Recent comments

  • Concerned
    October 02, 2013 - 21:41

    Got to laugh at Dennis O'Keefe going after the Feds. We have more than enough money right here in NL from oil royalties. But no mention of NL government assisting. Maybe if the NL gov threw in 1 billion, it would solve this problem? Oh I forgot Dannyville. The water O'Keefe approved personally for Danny altho it didn't qualify. Meantime, Dunderdale has to keep the rent inflated and vacancy rate low, so there is a demand for Dannyville. Half of politicians are landlords, in the rental market cashing in. Truth is these people never gave a rats ass about low income citizens in NL or the elderly, disabled and never will. People have been forced out of their homes for years now. With rents skyrocketing. No planning took place and never will. They'll throw a few crumbs here and there to make themselves look good. While they line their own pockets and pay each other off to get elected. Sad with a have province making some rich and others much poorer. Who can afford to eat anymore? NL will continue to loose its population. With only the greedy and immigrants left, once the old folks are gone. Not young ppl friendly. Almost no jobs except min wage, high unemployment, high inflation and high cost of living. No affordable housing, rental or mortgage. Food in no longer affordable in St. John's nor transport/gas. Next will be hydro. Almost $4.00 for a loaf of bread. $9 for a pound of cheese. St John's is nice but better money elsewhere & lower cost of living, including mortgages. Here overpriced with a small construction boom only in St Johns. No careers here except construction or engineering. I think the city is gone to the dogs with costs. No linger affordable pkace toblive for most. Depressing and stressful for people who can no longer make ends meet. You need $200, 000 a year to live here. Then there's the crime gone up about 500% and car conjestion with car accidents at several a day in St. John's. City? Plan?

    • John
      October 03, 2013 - 15:52

      Tell us more about the water deal for you know who ,I would love to know what they are really up to.

    • John
      October 03, 2013 - 15:54

      Tell us more about the water deal for you know who ,I would love to know what they are really up to.

    • Brett
      October 04, 2013 - 12:49

      that's funny - my income is not at that level and I manage. $192,000/yr puts you in the top 1% income bracket for all of Canada. Now - that's not family income but single income earner... still...

  • R M
    October 02, 2013 - 14:18

    Affordable housing for welfare is not what is needed. Something has to be done to bring the price of homes down. The rent is so high in the city and surrounding areas because of the price of homes with apartments now, these homeowners need to charge these high rates to help offset the high cost of the mortgage. In other provinces the money for affordable housing is put to builders to help lower the cost of condos and other similar housing not welfare. And for the comment about welfare being in a tough place only getting 500 a month. take a drive through Froude Avenue or Buckmaster, the cars there are better than most areas where people have mortgages. if a person on welfare can drive a Avalanche or new car then there is no need for the person to be on welfare.I am not against welfare if it is need but in many cases people just don't want to work.

  • Keefe
    October 02, 2013 - 11:58

    The city needs to build up, not out. The city is now facing some pretty big city type traffic messes. There needs to be more housing in the city of the dense type that allows people to skip the need for a car. That lowers the cost of providing services and allows people to avoid spending huge sums on gas and cars. The mayor can help with some zoning changes.

  • J A Corbett
    October 02, 2013 - 07:22

    The 'poor' is being pushed out of St. John's. There was a 1 percent vacancy rate in rental properties a few years back. Within the last few years rental monthly payment increased an unbelievable amount through out St. John's, CBS N surrounding areas. This anomaly is guessed to happen due to alberta oil commuters, promise of NL oil, and landlords greed and avoidance of 'undesirables'. The housing, like NL housing and St.john's housing, which was for people of low income are now full of people who no long fit that bill. There are welfare recipients who's 'boyfriends' or 'ex's' go off to the oil fields, return every 6 wks, and then cohabitate together until leave is up. This is evident when u see large new automobiles like very expensive trucks parked outside the residence. Also, there has been a crazy increase of immigrants who flood into NL. All to many take up the affordable housing, and get the assistance to land such housing through the immigration supports given to them by the founded group/organization. Why are the low income Newfoundlanders not getting into their own homeland housing?? Why? Are landlords able to make such high rental fee spikes? Where is the rental regulations? A new apartment building is in the works but they are not affordable at the predicted cost of 1000 to 1200!!! Welfare families get an approaximated amount of 500 per month. How can this be? Are these families having to rent with other families just to live? That would be crowed spacing, and poor living, yes? Once Welfare didn't allow several welfare people to rent together in on location. Why has all this been left so long with too many 'blind eyes'. ST. John's low income Newfoundlanders seem to have no place to go and are pushed out, and left hanging. I think the voices have been lost among all the clatter. These are my thoughts. I just want someone to pull their britches up and start handling these matters while the public watches. Question is who's going to start? My two cents. That is all.

    • McLovin
      October 02, 2013 - 10:56

      I am a both a property owner and a landlord and I am sick and tired of all the low income earners accusing us of being greedy. Do you expect me to take a loss on my property? People make statements without any thought to the facts. FACT, I own rental properties but they don't pay for themselves. I have mortgages on these properties. I cannot control the selling/asking prices of these properties and this directly effects my mortgage payments. I don't control the amounts charged for property tax, insurance, maintenance, all of which have also skyrocketed over the last 5-10 years. The sad truth is that as a landlord, I need to charge at least 1000-1200 per month or I wont be able to afford to make the mortgage payments, property tax payments, insurance payments, etc on my properties. On top of that, I'm the one that takes on all the risk. People renting can choose whether or not they pay their rent each month. Worst case scenario, you get kicked out and you have to move. If I miss my mortgage payment(s), I risk losing my property, destroying my credit, etc. This is going to sound awful but at the end of the day, the onus is not on a landlord to provide affordable housing. I'd be happy to rent to someone who was considered a low income earner but they still have to pay what I need a month in order to cover my costs. If the government or City wants to kick in a subsidy for that, then I am all for it provided that money is given directly to me.

    • McLovin
      October 02, 2013 - 10:58

      I am a both a property owner and a landlord and I am sick and tired of all the low income earners accusing us of being greedy. Do you expect me to take a loss on my property? People make statements without any thought to the facts. FACT, I own rental properties but they don't pay for themselves. I have mortgages on these properties. I cannot control the selling/asking prices of these properties and this directly effects my mortgage payments. I don't control the amounts charged for property tax, insurance, maintenance, all of which have also skyrocketed over the last 5-10 years. The sad truth is that as a landlord, I need to charge at least 1000-1200 per month or I wont be able to afford to make the mortgage payments, property tax payments, insurance payments, etc on my properties. On top of that, I'm the one that takes on all the risk. People renting can choose whether or not they pay their rent each month. Worst case scenario, you get kicked out and you have to move. If I miss my mortgage payment(s), I risk losing my property, destroying my credit, etc. This is going to sound awful but at the end of the day, the onus is not on a landlord to provide affordable housing. I'd be happy to rent to someone who was considered a low income earner but they still have to pay what I need a month in order to cover my costs. If the government or City wants to kick in a subsidy for that, then I am all for it provided that money is given directly to me.

    • Brad
      October 03, 2013 - 11:50

      McLovin, I also own property too. Do you expect your tenants to think it's their fault that you made the decision to buy a house at an inflated price? No, it's yours, and yours alone. A lot of people in this city seem to have more money than brains when it comes to buying/renting properties. Sooner or later, the chickens will come to roost. You can only depend on another province (Alberta - work) to service your debt for so long.

    • Brett
      October 04, 2013 - 12:18

      $1200/month is affordable. What is your annual salary? $50k/yr should be plenty for that average rate. I paid $1200/month in Toronto on a salary of $42000 when I was out of school. My after tax pay was $2800/month, and I was able to save $800/month. Yes It was tight, I had no other expenses, but that's reasonable in my mind. If you have 2 incomes, that becomes very easy to cover.

  • Linda Walker
    October 02, 2013 - 06:37

    It is time Newfoundland thought about building more affordable apartment buildings instead of expensive homes and condos! The low income and seniors are the ones in dire need of housing; Even high rises should be considered in this day and age!