Hollyburn Properties Threatens Sick 82-Year-Old in Latest Emerald Terrace Evictions

Lynn Punky v2 Hollyburn Properties Threatens Sick 82 Year Old in Latest Emerald Terrace Evictions

Photo of 82-Year-Old Lynn Stevens, One of Two Emerald Terrace Residents Threatened with Eviction by Hollyburn Properties Last Week.

Talk about kicking someone when they’re down.

Hollyburn is known for a lot of things (you may recall them trying to evict seniors for owning pets last year) – but threatening to evict an 82-year old lady who’s battling cancer?

That’s an all time low.

Hollyburn Properties Limited threatened two tenants at 2045 Nelson Street last week with evictions.

Why? To make way for resident building managers. (That’s right – more than one resident manager is apparently needed at Emerald Terrace).

Lynn Vac Sign 2 v2 Hollyburn Properties Threatens Sick 82 Year Old in Latest Emerald Terrace Evictions

And, to make matters worse, they’re choosing to evict tenants even though there are vacant apartments at the building that could be used for building managers.

One of their latest targets is 82-year-old Lynn Stevens, who is currently being treated for Ovarian cancer.

The other tenant threatened with eviction is Andrew Simmons  – a vocal renters’ right activist who was instrumental in fighting Hollyburn’s attempt to evict renters at Emerald Terrace last year for owning cats.

This will be Simmons’ second eviction notice in 18 months.

We understand that both Stevens and Simmons can stay at Emerald Terrace – if they agree to move out of their apartments into different suites for higher rent.

We stand by our friends at Emerald Terrace during yet another unfair and relentless eviction attempt by Hollyburn Properties.

Tell us how you feel about Hollyburn’s latest eviction threats at Emerald Terrace by sending us an email, or commenting on this post.

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7 Responses to “Hollyburn Properties Threatens Sick 82-Year-Old in Latest Emerald Terrace Evictions”

  1. Derek Richer Says:

    Hollyburn’s conduct is utterly disgusting – and quite in keeping with the unscrupulous conduct of our esteemed provincial government (appointing financial supporters of the Liberal Party as special prosecutors to “manage” crass cases of Liberal-inspired corruption).

    As far as Andrew Simmon’s eviction notice is concerned, Hollyburn should pay close attention to this part of Section 95 of the RTA:

    (2) A person who coerces, threatens, intimidates or harasses a tenant or landlord

    (a) in order to deter the tenant or landlord from making an application under this Act, or

    (b) in retaliation for seeking or obtaining a remedy under this Act

    commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not more than $5,000.

    It is hardly coincidental that Hollyburn has chosen to evict a vocal supporter of tenants’ rights, and especially to pull such a vexatious prank twice. Some piranhas show more compassion.

    As for Lynn Steven’s deplorable eviction notice, Hollyburn should consider this part of Section 95 of the RTA:

    (4) A person who gives false or misleading information in a proceeding under this Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not more than $5 000.

    Hmmmmm, despite the fact that Emerald Terrace contains empty suites, Hollyburn has NO option but to evict Lynn Stevens from her suite to accommodate building managers. Talk about a false information!

  2. MacKenna Says:

    Mrs. Stevens will win her case against Hollyburn Properties. And once she does, she should file the decision with the Courts so if they ever harass her again she can take them to court over it.

    It is absurd that Hollyburn is suggesting these two tenants should move into other suites. If other suites are vacant, it would be much simpler and more logical for Hollyburn to move its managers into them. I don’t for one second believe the story about needing space for managers in training is true. And even if it is, Hollyburn has buildings all over the city filled with vacancies it could use for that purpose. All you have to do is look on their web site and see how many there are. They haven’t a leg to stand on.

  3. Steven Luscher Says:

    From the TV screen, to the pages of the web, to the front cover of the Vancouver Sun, this story has gone everywhere today. Way to get the word out guys!

  4. Mike Says:

    Here is video on this story:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenhornRET#p/a/u/1/uXmOExFJiwQ

  5. Mackenna Says:

    Posting this here in case it helps. CBC today reports 34 more eviction notices have been issued by Hollyburn, which cites as the reason, a plumbing overhaul and apartment renos.
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/05/20/bc-west-end-evictions.html

    The following information shouldl assist tenants fighting eviction at Emerald Towers.

    In 2003, Hollyburn Properties renovated the plumbing (a major job) in Bellevue Towers on the west side of Vancouver. NO ONE WAS EVICTED. The tenants endured through the renovation to the building for a period of three months and the landlord issued no notices of eviction. The rental vacancy rate was much higher in 2003 and the landlord couldn’t easily get tenants then, so that was probably why. The plumbing overhaul is the biggest construction job the company is doing at Emerald and it does not require tenants to leave. A plumbing overhaul is not grounds for eviction. Additionally, in Bellevue Towers, the landlord continues to renovate the interiors of apartments as they are vacated, which is often because people aren’t staying here long. Bellevue has a huge turnover because the rents are jacked up. NOne of these renovations have required the eviction of older tenants living in adjacent apartments. Indeed, Hollyburn has left those of us with tenure alone and they are doing nothing to improve our apartments even though they raise the rent every year. We have successfully fought Hollyburn Properties over other issues and I suspect the reason they leave us alone is they know we will fight them on their baseless crap. HP is an unscrupulous landlord. Btw, if you look at their web site, practically all of their apartments have vacancies. So they can’t argue that they have no vacancies.

    Please pass this along if you know people at Emerald.

  6. Emily Says:

    Here is video on this story:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenhornRET#p/a/u/1/uXmOExFJiwQ

  7. seafield Says:

    Thanks for sharing this video, Emily.

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