Alec Smecher had put a deposit down on the rental apartment near Commercial Drive, but the landlady called the next day to say she'd rented to someone else. She said she'd tear up his cheque.
They had an agreement, and what she did might be actionable, he thought. Later, when he saw the woman was renting another suite in her five-bedroom house on Airbnb, it pushed him over the edge. Now, Mr. Smecher has become something of a housing vigilante, joining a growing number of Vancouverites, frustrated by an unaffordable city and a lack of solutions.
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