Archive for January, 2009

Chris Nelson Talks About Rent Hikes at Seafield Apartments

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

By Matthew Burrows
Georgia Straight
A West End landlord seeking to jack up rents says he will consider negotiating with his tenants face to face at a March 11 dispute-resolution hearing rather than via conference call.
“If that is everyone’s wish, then we would consider it,” Chris Nelson, co-owner of the Seafield Apartments, told the Georgia Straight in [...]

Seafield Apartments Tenants Cry for Help

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier
In the 1987 movie Batteries Not Included, a pregnant woman, an elderly couple and an artist face eviction by a greedy developer anxious to tear down their building.
In the movie, the tenants are saved by tiny alien robots–which could come in handy in the West End, where a pregnant woman, an elderly couple [...]

Seafield Residents Protest Gordon Nelson’s Rent Hike

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

By Matt Kieltyka
24 Hours
The owner of a West End apartment building has no reservations about raising tenants’ rent by up to 73 per cent.
Jason Gordon, of Gordon Nelson Investments, took ownership of the 12-suite Seafield Apartment building at 1436 Pendrell Street last year and says the proposed rent increases are fair.
“It’s a competitive business and [...]

Expectant Mom Faces Huge Rent Hike from Gordon Nelson Investments

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

By: Jon Ferry
The Province
Does capitalism always have to be on a collision course with compassion?
It seems so in Vancouver’s West End, where tenants in yet another apartment building have learned that bottom-line-minded landlords can charge pretty much what they can get away with.
Making ends meet these days is stressful enough. But try being nine months’ [...]

Gordon Nelson Investments Looking to Increase Rents by Hundreds

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The Vancouver Sun does a great job of discussing geographic rent increases, what they mean and the various legalities surrounding this eviction/rent-gouging strategy.
By Catherine Rolfsen
Vancouver Sun
Several West End renters, including an elderly brother and sister who’ve occupied their apartment for nearly half a century, are facing potentially hundreds of dollars in rent increases from [...]

Seafield Tenants Face 73% Rent Increase

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Last Wednesday evening, January 14,residents of the West End’s Seafield Apartments at 1436 Pendrell Street received thick envelopes from their new landlords Jason Gordon and Chris Nelson of Gordon Nelson Investments (GNI) detailing the landlords’ application to the B.C. Residential Tenancy Branch for rent increases of up to 73%. The [...]

Are Seafielders Really Paying Market Prices for their Laundry?

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

It’s true that Gordon Nelson Investments did eventually make good on their promise to return laundry services to the Seafield. And, being front loaders, the new washer and dryer are much more environmentally friendly than the machines of old.
But, replacing what used to be two washers and two dryers with one washer and one dryer [...]

Emerald Terrace Residents face Hollyburn in Court Today

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Seafield Apartments residents found this article in the Province today. Emerald Terrace residents will be fighting landlord Hollyburn Properties at the Residential Tenancy Office today over the eviction notices they were issued over owning pets.
By Kent Spencer
The Province
Seven tenants of a West End apartment block who are being told to get rid of [...]

The Real Reason Tenants are Being Turfed by Hollyburn

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Province does a good job in this article Seafield Apartments residents found today. Jon Ferry dismantles Hollyburn’s rationale for evicting Emerald Terrace tenants who have pets. Allergies? Come on.
Jon Ferry
The Province
Tshoo . . . tshoo. As my pals will tell you, I’m an allergic guy who reacts badly to everything from dust mites to [...]

Gordon Nelson Misplaces Rent Cheque, Issues Eviction Notice

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Seafielders were shocked to learn yesterday that Gordon Nelson Investments were attempting to evict a Seafield Apartments resident for not paying her rent — after they lost her rent cheque.
Wendy, who has lived at the Seafield for 31 years, has always paid her rent on time. She gives her rent cheques to the management – [...]

Even The Province Thinks Hollyburn is Wrong

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

You know that the situation is bad when even The Province thinks what you’re doing is wrong with a capital W. Seafielders found this editorial by The Province in their newspaper today, regarding the evictions of residents at Emerald Terrace who have pets.
In early December, cat owners at Emerald Terrace highrise in Vancouver’s West [...]

Hollyburn Targets Pets, Renters

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier
A West End tenant says the company that owns the building in which he lives is evicting tenants while avoiding costly renovation or building permits.
“Give up your cat or move out,” said Andrew Simmons, a tenant of the Emerald Terrace apartments on Nelson Street. He was given an eviction notice Tuesday by Hollyburn [...]

Pet Owners Challenging Hollyburn’s Latest Eviction Notices

Monday, January 12th, 2009

It is very interesting to see Allan Wasel demand over and over again that Hollyburn has a no-pets policy as shown in this article. In fact, Hollyburn does allow new tenants across the street from Emerald Terrace to keep pets. Seafielders learned this interesting tid bit afer atending the Emerald Terrace press conference last week. [...]

Tenants Told to Move Their Pets or Face Eviction: Hollyburn

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Catherine Rolfsen
Vancouver Sun
June MacGregor may soon face a terrible choice: her home or her beloved companion.
The 79-year-old is among seven tenants of Emerald Terrace — a West End apartment building recently bought by Hollyburn Properties — who are battling eviction notices issued because they have pets.
“I feel angry and I feel really, really upset,” said [...]

Seafielders Get Back Laundry Services — for Double the Price

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Yesterday, Seafielders breathed a sigh of relief as a washing machine and dryer were unloaded in front of the building to be taken down to the laundry room.
But, the laundry machines come at a new price: $2.75 a wash and $2.75 a dry (an 83% price increase).
Laundry, a service historically offered at the Seafield, was [...]

Spencer Herbert Backs West End Residents Fighting Eviction Over Pets

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

By Carlito Pablo
Georgia Straight
A number of tenants in a West End apartment building are fighting to keep their units not just for themselves but for their pets as well.
The residents, according to Vancouver-Burrard NDP MLA Spencer Herbert, are contesting eviction notices issued to them by Hollyburn Properties, owner of the Emerald Terrace at 2045 Nelson [...]

Emerald Terrace Pet Owners Share Their Story

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Today, a few Seafield residents showed their support for pet owners at Emerald Terrace Apartments by attending their media event. Residents of the west end apartment building spent the afternoon sharing their story of harassment and intimidation by their landlord, Hollyburn Properties, simply because they own pets.
Residents of Emerald Terrace were fist issued notices of [...]

Emerald Terrace Evictions: Since when has Owning a Pet Become a Crime?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Yesterday night, Seafield residents were shocked to learn that 11 of our neighbours and friends at Emerald Terrace, a Hollyburn building in Vancouver’s West End, had received eviction notices.
Their crime? Refusing to give up their beloved pets. The ones they have lived with for years.
Hollyburn plans to have the pet owners out by the end [...]

Gordon Nelson Gives the Gift that Keeps on Smelling: Dirty Laundry

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Seafield residents received an end-of-year gift from landlords Chris Nelson and Jason Gordon of Gordon Nelson Investments: dirty laundry.
As of 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday December 30, Seafield Apartments’ two washers and two dryers disappeared with no warning from Gordon Nelson Investments. A note was stuck on the laundry room door saying that the machines would [...]