Residents Learn that the Seafield Has Been Sold to New Owners

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New Owners, New Evictions...or Not?

Seafielders were advised by media today that Gordon Nelson Inc has sold the heritage apartment building to new owners.

The sale is reported on the landlord’s website, where they also state that they have been denied the right to invest.

They have been denied the right to evict tenants for the sole purpose of increasing rents – there is nothing about the decision that denies them the ability to renovate, and to work with the tenants to complete renovations.

Their assertion is simply not true.

At this time Seafielders are fully prepared to enter into a new chapter with their new landlords, one which they anticipate will be as fair and fulfilling for all parties as it was with the ownership prior to Gordon Nelson’s purchase of the building in 2008.

Residents are dismayed at the deliberate neglect that GNI has willfully inflicted on the building.

Our response to Gordon Nelson was the same that any community would have to a new landlord who announces their intentions to evict for cosmetic renovations or demand a 73 percent rent increase.

Gordon Nelson purchased the building based on the assumption they could casually mass evict people from their homes in the name of profit, as they have in every single other building they have bought.

We stood our ground, and will continue to stand our ground in the face of any future injustice.

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7 Responses to “Residents Learn that the Seafield Has Been Sold to New Owners”

  1. Christina Says:

    There ought to be a legal cause of action for what they’ve done. Personal damages? Beyond that, Good bye and fuck you, Gordon Nelson. Fuck you.

  2. Jesse S. Says:

    So we just found out that our building in the West End was sold
    and we are being mass evicted this summer. Maybe GNI found
    another building to renovate. If this is them, they sure move fast and
    your gain is our pain.

  3. Mark Moore Says:

    Jesse:

    Don’t hesitate to get into touch through our gmail account if you need advice. Unfortunately, this problem will continue until the legislation or enforcement of the legislation is changed.

  4. Derek Richer Says:

    What a joke: GNI claim they were denied the right to invest. If GNI had been as motivated to “invest” in real renovations at the Seafield as they were at embarking on a puerile campaign of harassment, they would not have left the Seafield looking like a fenced-in, boarded-up, shrubless hovel.

    As the RTB adjudicator noted, GNI contradicted themselves and provided ample evidence of their bad faith. Who can possibly believe them now, after 2.5 years of shabby fiction? They have only themselves to blame. Good riddance.

  5. Olivia Gomez Says:

    Gordon Nelson Inc. have nothing to complain about. The majority of entrepeneurs whose business plan is a failure DON’T get to sell out and turn a profit on a property that has been deliberately made less valuable. They have only their own greed and inexperience to blame for what has happened.

    Every British Columbian owes a debt of gratitude to the Seafielders, past and present, who have endured so much and worked so hard for this victory. A fair rental market is essential for a dynamic economy and socially sustainable communities. Victoria, take note!

  6. West Ender Says:

    I came across this ad on Craigslist and recognised the street address from following your story in the news. Perhaps the email address will help you find out more about the new owner of your building? The advertised rent certainly seems to be of the rip-off variety that’s plaguing the West End more and more.

    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/apa/2243575851.html

    As a West End resident whose own landlord is increasingly showing signs of caring more about renos every time a suite comes vacant, just so he can raise the rent by an astronomical amount, stories like yours make me equally angry, astonished, and worried for the community that I love.

    Stay strong and best of luck for the future of Seafield!

  7. Jesse S. Says:

    How do you logically argue against the need for inevitable upgrades like electrical and plumbing in an old, wood framed building (mine is 60+yrs) ? Can a boiler and heating system be replaced with people still living in the building? Electrical is the big concern..anyone know what that entails? Here I can’t use my blowdryer on high and the lamp and tv have to be plugged into different outlets. Also, apparently the asbestos level is quite high. Whether these are just scare tactics to get us out sooner remains to be seen but eventually all buildings may need to be brought to code. After that tragic fire in a rooming house, the City is becoming more vigilant in inspecting the safety of apartment buildings. For that reason I am ONLY looking at concrete highrises..I will miss this place…and the sub $800 rent. Cheers all.

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