Archive for March, 2009

Renters demand changes to BC’s Residential Tenancy Act

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

By Shauna Lewis
X-Tra West
“They’re basically destroying community if they continue to do this,” says longtime tenant Andrew Simmons, pointing to the companies behind many of the eviction notices.
“If companies like Hollyburn Properties and Gordon Nelson Investments continue to purchase more and more buildings then they are forcing out those people that are on the margins  [...]

The Fight for Apartment Life in Vancouver

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

By Jackie Wong
the West Ender
Vancouver apartment dwellers may have come to the conclusion that fighting an eviction at the region’s Residential Tenancy Office (RTO) is more or less a rite of passage for renters nowadays, given the increasing number of tenancy disputes across the city. Many of them have been attributed to low vacancy rates, [...]

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 [...]

Pet People at Emerald Terrace Celebrate

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier
Supporters and media surrounded a jubilant crowd of tenants from the Emerald Terrace apartment building in the West End Monday morning as they celebrated a decision allowing them to keep their cats.
“Yay for cat people,” one of the supporters yelled as several of the tenants, including 81-year-old Mary Milligan, addressed the crowd.
The tenants [...]

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 [...]

Emerald Terrace Pet Owners Band Together to Win Against Hollyburn

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

By Kristen Thompson
METRO VANCOUVER
Mary Milligan no longer has to choose between her beloved cat, Niko, and her home after the B.C. Tenancy Board ruled her landlord can’t evict her for having a pet.
The west-end resident, along with a half dozen neighbours at Emerald Terrace apartment, said they were told by Hollyburn Properties in December [...]

Emerald Terrace Residents Given Reprieve from Rental Cat-nundrum

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

By Stefania Seccia
24 HOURS
A west-end group of residents and their cats can breath a sigh of relief after B.C.’s Residential Tenancy Branch blocked the evictions that would have forced them – and their furry friends – out.
The group of cat-owners had verbal permission to keep pets, but last December Hollyburn Properties tried to evict them [...]

West Enders Keep Pets and Homes Despite Hollyburn’s No-Pets Policy

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The Province was the first paper to report the favourable decision in the tenants favour in the Emerald Terrace Pet Eviction Case against Hollyburn Properties. What a scoop!
Kent Spencer
The Province
A group of West End tenants and their beloved cats are purring today after a residential tenancy board ruled that they can’t be evicted for owning [...]

Emerald Terrace Residents Win Right to Keep Homes and Pets

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Seafield residents learned today that residents of Emerald Terrace will be able to keep their homes and their pets!
The Residential Tenancy Branch found that the seven cat owners at Emerald Terrace on Nelson Street did not breach a “material part of their tenancy agreement”, despite having verbal rather than written permission to keep their animals.
Dispute [...]

Proposed Seafield Apartments Rent Increase Typical of Trend

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Normally, we don’t run articles from mainstream media on our homepage, but this article by Sandra Thomas that appeared in today’s Vancouver Courier gives an overview of not only the situation faced by Seafield Apartments residents, but the plight other renters face due to the gutting of the Residential Tenancy Act. She also talks [...]

Renters, Landlords Eye Crucial Seafield Arbitration Case

Friday, March 6th, 2009

With only a week away, Seafield Apartments residents are preparing for their hearing at the Residential Tenancy Office to dispute landlord Gordon Nelson Investment’s application for a geographic rent increase. Gordon Nelson is claiming that residents are paying up to 73% less than other renters who occupy similar units in the West End of Vancouver. [...]