Great ideas are often the product of enormous stress, lack of sleep and the absence of a meal or three.
This was the exact circumstance that Seafield Apartments tenant Heather Pawsey found herself in when she combined two seemingly unrelated words that had been on her mind since early September — renovation and eviction — in front of her students.
And so it happened: the word “renoviction” was born.
One Globe and Mail interview later, renovictions made national news thanks to Heather. She and her husband (along with all Seafield renters) went public with their evictions-for-renovations threat from new landlords Jason Gordon and Chris Nelson of Gordon Nelson Investments.
(Gordon Nelson Investments intend to transform Seafield Apartments, a well maintained historic rental building in Vancouver’s West End, by subdividing suites, upgrading kitchens and installing individual condoesque electrical heaters to ensure tenants are environmentally — cough, financially — responsible for their electricity use).
Soon after, the word “renovictions” was included in several other newscasts and articles as well as on several blogs, including wordmaster Bill Casselman’s Canadian Word of the Day. Bill called “renoviction” a creepy new Canadian word for a neological nightmare for British Columbia tenants.
We couldn’t have said it any better.
So what does renoviction really mean?
The act of evicting longtime tenants from their rental houses and apartments by moneybags landlords who announce huge renovation plans that require the emptying of apartments and homes to be renovated.
Once out, the tenants are not allowed to renew their leases until they agree to monstrous rent increases, sometimes double what they paid before the renoviction.
Examples of how to use “renovict” and variations in a sentence:
“I will be renovicted this winter.”
“Woah Nelly, these renovictions certainly add to the homelessness and unaffordable housing crises in Vancouver.”
“Renovictions are the devil’s magic.”
“Renoviction is to healthy communities like chocolate is to dogs: deadly.”
We think this baby is destined for the Webster’s Dictionary. What do you think?