Emerald Terrace Residents Given Reprieve from Rental Cat-nundrum

By Stefania Seccia

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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 because of it, said Spencer Herbert, NDP MLA, yesterday.

“This should’ve never happened,” said Herbert outside the west-end apartment building Emerald Terrace.

Mary Milligan, a resident for three years and owner of one cat, said, “You can’t believe the relief I feel.”

Sharon Isaak from the Renters at Risk Campaign (RRC) said Hollyburn was aware of these pets a year ago when it bought the building, but used the excuse now to get long-term residents out in an effort to increase the rent.

“[Hollyburn needs] to be accountable for this,” she said. “Enough is enough.”

But Allan Wesley, Hollyburn general manager, said RRC is putting a spin on it.

“We will continue to consider our residents’ well-being in all policies, including our policy requiring that all residents must have written authorization to have a pet in their unit,” he wrote in a statement.

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