Mass renovictions are latest in string of tactics to remove Seafield tenants from their homes.
Seafield residents, including an 84-year-old man battling cancer and a pregnant woman, learned last week that they are now all being targeted for eviction for renovations by landlord Gordon Nelson Inc. under section 49(6)(b) of the Residential Tenancy Act, despite Seafielders having maintained since 2008 that they are willing to accommodate all renovations.
Gordon Nelson are determined to use every tactic imaginable to evict tenants and raise rents, and have been relentless over more than two years to end existing tenancy agreements at the Seafield.
Such tactics have included: targeted evictions against 4 units, an attempt to raise rents by up to 73% (which the majority of tenants could not afford), and, most recently, targeting a vocal family in order to put a caretaker in their suite.
In fact, the “renoviction” notices came just ten days after the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) denied Gordon Nelson’s up-to-73% area rent increase after a rehearing of the case.
Media Coverage and Bloggers
- Tenants at Seafield Apartments Dealing with Renovictions
- Vancouver Mayor Rallies with Alleged Renoviction Victims
- Seafield Residents Say: Let Us Live in Peace
- West End tenants vow to fight renovictions
- Mayor supports ‘renoviction’ victims at rally
- WERA Asks Renters to Support Seafielders at Rally Against Renovictions
- Seafield Mass Eviction Stark Reminder of Pressures Facing City Renters – Geoff Meggs
- Renovicting the West End – Bowserings (aka. Hollyburn Victim)
- The Implications of Mass Evictions – OpenFile (Jackie Wong)
Now that this avenue to circumvent the legally allowed annual rent increases is closed, Jason Gordon and Chris Nelson of GNI are returning to their original tactic purporting that the building—which was well maintained prior to their 2008 purchase, and received a positive inspection in 2009—is suddenly in dire need of renovations, requiring mass eviction.
Gordon Nelson are offering residents mostly what they are required to provide by law, as well as good reference letters, in exchange for signing their rights away.
Seafield residents will speak to the media about Gordon Nelson’s latest abuses of the law on Sunday, December 5, 2010, at 11 a.m.
Tags: Eviction for Renovation