Archive for the ‘Seafield News’ Category

Residents Learn that the Seafield Has Been Sold to New Owners

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Seafielders were advised by media today that Gordon Nelson Inc has sold the heritage apartment building to new owners.
The sale is reported on the landlord’s website, where they also state that they have been denied the right to invest.
They have been denied the right to evict tenants for the sole purpose of increasing rents – [...]

RTB Finds Gordon Nelson Inc. Had Ulterior Motives in Issuing Mass Evictions

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Seafield victory a big win in the fight against renovictions – but it comes at a high price for residents.
The Residential Tenancy Branch found this week that Gordon Nelson Inc. did not meet the test of good faith in their application to mass evict tenants at 1436 Pendrell St for “renovations”.
The dispute resolution officer stated [...]

Pay 73% More or the Building Gets It!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

It’s rare that Seafielders post articles that appear in the media on their homepage – but this is an article that was contributed to the Vancouver Sun today by the West End’s MLA, Spencer Chandra Herbert. Spencer has been a big supporter of all of us at the Seafield since day one – and has [...]

Gordon Nelson Pursue 73% Rent Increase and Mass Renoviction Simultaneously

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

‘Tis the season to be greedy.
Seafield residents learned that Gordon Nelson Inc. has applied for a Judicial Review of the recent RTO decision denying them an up-to 73% rent increase at the Seafield Apartments.
GNI intends to have the case reviewed at the Supreme Court in hopes that the decision, which found that they did not [...]

Gordon Nelson Reneging on Renoviction Offer to “End Tenancies Amicably”

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Seafield tenants learned yesterday that Gordon Nelson Inc. (GNI) are withdrawing their offer to “end tenancies amicably” for their upcoming renovations by way of an email sent to their group email address.
GNI are reneging on the offer, which mainly consisted of what they would be required to do by law, two days after residents went [...]

Gordon Nelson Target 84-Year-Old Man Battling Cancer and Pregnant Woman in Mass Renoviction

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Mass renovictions are latest in string of tactics to remove Seafield tenants from their homes.
Seafield residents, including an 84-year-old man battling cancer and a pregnant woman, learned last week that they are now all being targeted for eviction for renovations by landlord Gordon Nelson Inc. under section 49(6)(b) of the Residential Tenancy Act, despite Seafielders [...]

Seafielders Win Landmark Ruling in 73% Rent Increase Hearing

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Residents of the Seafield Apartments, at 1436 Pendrell Street in Vancouver, have received news that landlord Gordon Nelson Inc’s application for a 73% rent increase has been dismissed at the Residential Tenancy Office (RTO).
Residents endured a two-year legal battle that involved collecting extensive evidence demonstrating that their rents were in line with other similar apartments [...]

Seafield Couple Evicted with Less than 10 Days Notice for GNI Resident Manager

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

DRO Bryant did not dispute that a vocal Seafield couple was a target of Gordon Nelson’s, but still granted the landlords the right to evict them less than 10 days after the decision was made.
Seafield residents received sad news today when they learned that the RTO granted permission to Gordon Nelson Inc to [...]

Gordon Nelson Inc Evicting a Seafield Family

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Seafield Landlord Mirrors Hollyburn by Choosing to Evict Tenants Despite Having a Vacant Apartment Available
Gordon Nelson Investments is moving to evict a family of three from the Seafield after numerous previous attempts to evict other residents to raise rents have been ruled unlawful, or have been withdrawn.
This is the fifth suite, out of 14, targeted [...]

Gordon Nelson Inc Evict Seafield Shrubs

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Workers Say Seafield Shrubs’ New Home is the Nearest Landfill
Gordon Nelson Investments Inc arrived at the Seafield today to rip up mature shrubs and plants, loading them into a truck.
Tenants learned from the workers, who were instructed not to speak to residents, that most of the shrubs would be taken to the dump.
Ripping up plants [...]

Gordon Nelson Raise Laundry Costs to $4 per Wash and $4 per Dry

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Gordon Nelson puts Seafielders through the wringer (again) with outrageous laundry cost increases.
Tenants were surprised to learn that landlords Gordon Nelson Investments raised the cost of doing laundry at the Seafield to $4 per wash and $4 per dry sometime during the past week.
Residents were not notified of the 45% increase in cost to doing [...]

Carpet Removed, Nails Remain as Work Begins at 1436 Pendrell Street

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Work started at the Seafield on August 24, 2010 late in the afternoon, when a contractor, who refused to give his name or identify himself, arrived and ripped carpet off the first floor of the hallway.
He piled the carpet in the hall, and left nails sticking up (sharp side up) from [...]

Yellow Fence Arrives at the Seafield

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Yellow fencing arrived at the Seafield today and was placed in unexpected areas: about four feet in the front of the building, and around the side against a retaining wall blocking access to a tenant’s garden on the neighbouring church’s property).
No plants were harmed in the placing of this fence, but watering the garden (which [...]

Dump Placed at Rear of 1436 Pendrell Street

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Day one of construction at the Seafield consisted of Gordon Nelson Investments placing a large dumpster behind the building and installing a new lock on the doorway used to access the storage lockers.
Seafield residents agreed to vacate the parking at the rear of the building as well as their storage lockers in preparation for Gordon [...]

Seafielders and Gordon Nelson Reach Parking and Storage Agreement

Friday, May 28th, 2010

During the May 26 Residential Tenancy Branch hearing over Gordon Nelson Investments’ application to remove Seafielders’ storage lockers and parking spaces, and over their proposed compensation, a negotiated settlement was reached. All parties agreed to the following:

By June 15, 2010 Seafielders will vacate their storage lockers and parking spaces for GNI to use during the [...]

Seafielders Head to Arbitration for Fifth Time in Under Two Years

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Removing Storage and Parking is Latest in Gordon Nelson Investments Saga
Residents of the Seafield Apartments return to the Residential Tenancy Office on May 26th, 2010, to attend yet another hearing as a result of the actions of Gordon Nelson Investments (GNI).
On March 2, 2010, GNI issued a formal notice to remove storage lockers for all [...]

Hollyburn Properties Threatens Sick 82-Year-Old in Latest Emerald Terrace Evictions

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Talk about kicking someone when they’re down.
Hollyburn is known for a lot of things (you may recall them trying to evict seniors for owning pets last year) – but threatening to evict an 82-year old lady who’s battling cancer?
That’s an all time low.
Hollyburn Properties Limited threatened two tenants at 2045 Nelson Street last week with [...]

Gordon Nelson Abandon Appeal of Decision Denying them a 38% Rent Increase

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Residents of 1436 Pendrell Street learned yesterday that landlords Gordon Nelson Investments dropped their appeal of Madam Justice Loo’s Supreme Court decision that denied them a 38% rent increase at the building.
This is a big win for all renters in Vancouver and BC at large as the decision, which now goes unchallenged, helps to clarify [...]

Gordon Nelson to Appeal BC Supreme Court Ruling on 38% Rent Increase

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Seafield residents received notice today that landlords Gordon Nelson Investments will seek an appeal of the BC Supreme Court ruling denying an up to 38% rent increase at 1436 Pendrell Street.
Madam Justice Loo of the BC Supreme Court overturned an RTO decision granting Gordon Nelson Investments an up to 38% rent increase last month because the decision [...]

B.C. Supreme Court Overturns Gordon Nelson’s 38% Rent Increase

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Gordon Nelson Ordered to Refund Rents; Case to be Reheard
Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia overturned the ruling that allowed landlords Gordon Nelson Investments to increase rents at Seafield Apartments by up to 38%.  The case is remitted for rehearing by a different Dispute Resolution Officer at the Residential Tenancy Office.
Furthermore, the decision orders [...]

Season’s Greetings to All From the Seafield Family

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Seafield Tenants Apply for Judicial Review of 38% Rent Hike

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Seafielders have begun the process for Judicial Review of the Residential Tenancy Branch’s April 2 decision to award Gordon Nelson Investments a 38% rent increase.  We have done this for a number of reasons.
From the RTB website:
“4.1.7 What is the process for judicial review of a Dispute Resolution Officer’s decision?
No government official or Residential Tenancy [...]

Seafielders Work with Gordon Nelson Investments to Form a Non-Profit Co-op

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Many have asked us over the past two months what the status is of our hearings and of matters at the building. We Seafielders apologize for our silence.
We are currently in negotiations with Gordon Nelson Investments to form a non-profit co-op at the Seafield.
The past 10 months has been difficult for both parties, and Gordon [...]

Mole Hill Residents Facing Geographic Rent Increases

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

There’s more bad news for West End renters as another group of tenants are battling geographic rent increases.
The “low-end of market” residents of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society  were recently served with notice of extraordinary rent increase through the  RTO.
The society plans to increase rents over two years, with requested increases of up to [...]

Tenants at The Berkeley Face Renovictions

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Residents at 990 Bute Street were just issued eviction notices for “renovations”, Seafielders learned.
Residents at The Berkeley were told last summer by representatives of their landlord, Satnam Singh Gandham, that they would be evicted for renovations and that they should make their way out.
They’ve been living in fear of losing their homes ever since, with [...]

Seafielders Unhappy With 38% Rent Increase

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Seafielders learned that an up to 38% rent increase has been granted to their landlords by the Residential Tenancy Office after the tenants’ evidence “wasn’t considered” by the Dispute Resolution Officer.
The rent increase will affect nine units out of 14 at the Seafield. Two bedroom units are the most affected, with rents soaring up to [...]

“Renters Fight Back” by Evicting Gordon Campbell

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

In 2004, the BC Liberals changed the residential tenancy act, allowing landlords to evict tenants for renovations.
On October 26, 2008, Seafielders (along with some folks at Renters at Risk) met with Provincial Housing Minister Rich Coleman to discuss the loopholes in the residential tenancy act, and to ask him to do something about it. At [...]

Seafield Letter to the Editor: Vancouver Courier

Friday, March 13th, 2009

This letter from Brian Broster and Ross Waring at the Seafield ran in the Courier to clarify a point in the article.
Re: “West End rental scene plagued by rent hikes,” March 6.
We at the Seafield are grateful to Ms. Thomas for her ongoing coverage of our predicament. However, we feel it is important to point [...]

Seafield Residents Await Decision in Rent Hike Case

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Seafield residents presented their case opposing landlord Gordon Nelson Investments’ application for a above normal rent increases at the Residential Tenancy Office yesterday.
After working long and hard over one month to prepare our counter argument, we are relieved that the process is over and are looking forward to taking a bit of a breather as [...]

Seafielders Respond to Landlords’ demand for up to 73% Rent Hike

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Residents at the Seafield Apartments (1436 Pendrell Street, Vancouver) currently pay a fair market rent for apartments when compared to other units in pre-1940s buildings in the central West End. Both a custom analysis conducted by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as well as a scientific random-sample survey of renters in the central area [...]