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

GNI Revoke Offer to End Tenancy Amicably smaller Gordon Nelson Reneging on Renoviction Offer to “End Tenancies Amicably”

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 public with the landlord’s plans to mass evict tenants in the building for renovations.

Originally, tenants had until December 10, 2010, to accept the deal.

The “offer” included extra compensation of one additional month’s rent and moving costs of $1,000.

Jason Gordon and Chris Nelson also offered a backhanded threat: the forgiving of retroactive rent increases that they intend to win at a Judicial Review of the recent RTO decision dismissing outright their up-to 73% rent increase (note that, at this point, Gordon Nelson have not applied for a judicial review of the case).

Adding insult to injury, tenants who agreed to sign their rights away would be given good reference letters for their new landlords.

This is not the first time Gordon Nelson have attempted to “punish” residents at the Seafield for exercising free speech.

Brian Broster, a vocal opponent of mass evictions in the neighbourhood and above annual rent increases, received an eviction notice in 2009 for speaking to the media, participating in renters’ rights rallies, speaking about the Seafield at city hall, and proposing the protection of renters from “renovictions” through the City’s Zoning Bylaw.

Gordon Nelson Inc. lost their case against Brian.

Residents will file for a dispute resolution hearing to fight their renovictions.

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