Seafield Residents Await Decision in Rent Hike Case

Seafield residents presented their case opposing landlord Gordon Nelson Investments’ application for a above normal rent increases at the Residential Tenancy Office yesterday.

After working long and hard over one month to prepare our counter argument, we are relieved that the process is over and are looking forward to taking a bit of a breather as we await the decision. The proceedings were held over a teleconference and lasted two and a half hours.

Of course, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of the people who helped us through this trying time in not only preparing and presenting our evidence at the RTO, but also lending emotional support leading up to, and during, the hearing.

Like many cases at the RTO, we didn’t receive a decision right away from our dispute resolution officer. This is normal and common procedure.

Seafielders will receive the verdict by mail in about 30 days time.

Residents received notice of an above normal rent increase from their landlords on January 14, 2009. If Gordon Nelson’s application for the increase is granted, residents will see an increase of as high as 73 percent in their rents.

Gordon Nelson are applying for the above normal rent increase using 23(1)(a) of the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). Under this section of the RTA, the landlord has the full burden of proof in showing that residents under the application are paying significantly less rent for their apartments than residents who live in geographically similar apartments.

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One Response to “Seafield Residents Await Decision in Rent Hike Case”

  1. Arwen Says:

    How did it go? Have you received word?

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