Housing Interviews & Success Stories

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​Rental Success Stories from landlords and tenants

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 Adequate, “work-force” housing on Hornby, ownership and rentals, is among the most pressing issues facing our community. Without affordable accommodation we risk losing vital people, necessary to sustain Hornby through their work and cultural contributions.
Because the narrative is frequently driven by stories of negative renting experiences, a series of interviews will appear in the First Edition focusing on the flip side - those renters and landlords who have largely positive viewpoints.

                            Interview 1 - Masoud Zadeh
I met with Masoud, a well-known potter and Hornby resident of 20 years in his studio, over a cup of green tea and ginger snap cookies. He has a long-term lease on the studio that sits on a stunning 10-acre parcel of land overlooking Lambert Channel, Denman and Vancouver Islands. 
A wood fire burned vigorously, casting a rich glow over the space, illuminating his mugs, platters and vases. His artistic production affirms his premise that productivity and creativity thrive with stability.
Despite his positive views on the potential of renting, Masoud acknowledges that frequent moves are the norm for many Hornby residents, resulting in disruption, displacement and not surprisingly, displeasure. The seasonal​ dynamic that finds many renters having to vacate over the fair weather months, is a fact of life on Hornby. Masoud says adaptability under these challenging conditions is called for, as renters scramble to find alternatives over the summer, often resorting to camping or couch surfing. He thinks of this as a Hornby survival skill.
Life on this gorgeous island can be enriching in ways not measured monetarily, Masoud claims. For those choosing lifestyle over financial gain, home ownership may be out of the question. Renting becomes the alternative.
Two themes emerged from our conversation: 1. Forging a good relationship between landlord and tenant via written rental agreements, specifically detailing rights, responsibilities and financial commitments. 2. The implementation of a registry of landlords and tenants with the aim of finding 'good fits' between the two. Naturally, the information collected would need to meet ethical and regulatory guidelines.
There are many dwellings on Hornby that could be offered for rent. Masoud believes that reluctant home owners might be more amenable to renting if they felt confident they could be matched with someone who would respect and treat their places with care, laying the foundation of a positive rental relationship, in which mutual respect and consideration are constructed.
                                                                             Dick Brown

Renting on Hornby

Moving to Hornby

Moving to Hornby is a life-changing decision, and the best we hope you will make. Hornby Island extends a particular welcome to young families wishing to raise children in this magical place. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need to discuss your plans, dreams, and obstacles - we can probably point you in the right direction: our goal is to help you get established.

For those planning to buy a home, don't hesitate to contact our real estate agents, who you can find on hornbyisland.com. If you are planning to renovate or build, make sure to double-check the appropriate bylaws and apply for relevant permits. You can view Island Trust guidelines  here.

Renting on Hornby can be a challenge with limited year-round rental accommodation available.  The community is aware of tightness in the market, and we are slowly working to remediate it through a variety of means. If you are coming for a few weeks or a few months, many vacation rental places may be able to accommodate you. Please check listings on hornbyisland.com.  Another option is to put up a note on "Hornby Island Word of Mouth" on Facebook - many matches are made through this medium, which our residents are pretty good at monitoring and passing the word around. If you are getting exhasperated in your search,  give us a call! 250.335.1199. We may have extra tips and advice for your specific situation.