Solomon Israel, a producer with ‘The Early Edition‘ on CBC Radio 1 here in Vancouver, is preparing a piece on attitudes towards renting vs. buying in Canada. He would like to hear from people who have personally experienced any stigma regarding being renters in our city.
Sol can be reached at:
UPDATE: 19 Aug 2011, 4:00pm
Above post has been up for almost ten hours and had over 1200 hits.
Sol writes that he has yet to hear from any reader describing personal experience of an such stigma and he is thus understandably concluding that “maybe there’s less stigma there than we thought?” or that “such a stigma only exists among certain social groups with certain expectations”.
This is certainly possible, perhaps we have been incorrect in perceiving this to be more widespread. Numerous commenters below do not describe any such effect, so it certainly doesn’t effect all renters.
A few very definitely do describe it, so it is not entirely imagined. And there have been a good number of anecdotes regarding this effect over the years (see ‘Renter‘ sidebar).
It is possible that the effect only occurs in certain subgroups of the population, and that, overall, it is small and inconsequential. Also, it is possible that those who have experienced it prefer not to discuss it on a public forum.