By Stefania Seccia
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.
“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.