News About Eviction for Renovation

Thrown Out: Fight Grinds on Against ‘Renovictions’

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

By Jackie Wong
The Tyee
The hallways in The Seafield apartment building have been stripped of their carpets. Pebbles and dust line the dark walls. It’s the first day of March, and the 80-year-old, 14-unit walkup in Vancouver’s West End is in rough shape — in more than one sense. For two and a half years, the [...]

Renoviction Ruling Highlights Inconsistencies in RTB decisions

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Posted By: WestEnder Staff
The WestEnder
Mark Moore, Christine Brandt and Andrew Simmons stood outside the West End’s Seafield Apartments on a bitingly cold Wednesday morning trading war stories.
The trio had turned out to support 15 of the building’s tenants who last week learned they’d successfully fought mass evictions by their landlords, Gordon Nelson Investments Inc. But [...]

Eviction Notices Reversed for Seafield Apartments in West End

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

By Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier
The owners of the Seafield Apartments in the West End are selling the 75-year-old building, which has been at the centre of a much publicized tenant/landlord dispute since 2008.
Jason Gordon, a partner in Gordon Nelson Inc., told the Courier Wednesday the deal to sell the Seafield closes March 1. Gordon would not [...]

Gordon Nelson Sells Building After Tenants Win

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

By Shauna Lewis
Xtra West
Ownership of an apartment building located in the heart of the gay village has changed hands following the announcement of a Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) ruling that overturned the landlord’s attempt to evict several tenants to carry out renovations.
For David Bronstein  and his partner, Donald Ransom, the eviction fight took its toll. [...]

Victory for Seafield Apartment Tenants in Renoviction Case

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Tenants of a West End apartment building have scored another victory in their long fight against eviction.
Standing in front of signs that read “justice at last”, the 15 people who call the seafield apartments on pendrell street home are celebrating their latest win. Earlier this week,the residential tenancy branch ruled eviction notices invalid.
“They started [...]

Seafield Tenants Win the Fight, Continue the War

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

By: Dave White
They get to keep their homes without a massive rent increase — but the fight isn’t over yet.
People at the West End’s Seafield Apartments have won their grievance with the Residential Tenancy Branch. An arbitrator says the landlord acted in bad faith when he gave notice for so-called “renovictions” and a shocking [...]

West End Tenants Win ‘Renovictions’ Case

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

CBC News
Tenants of a downtown Vancouver apartment building are celebrating after learning they won’t have to move out so the owners can renovate the building.
The news comes after an adjudicator at B.C.’s Residential Tenancy Branch dispute resolution service ruled the landlord acted in bad faith when it issued eviction orders under the pretence that they [...]

Vancouver Apartment Owner Acted in Bad Faith, Residential Tenancy Branch Rules

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

A West End apartment owner acted in bad faith in trying to mass-evict the 14 tenants of his building 10 days after failing to win a 73 per cent rent increase, the Residential Tenancy Branch ruled Monday.
In a decision hailed by legal aid lawyers as a rare and strongly-worded rebuke, the branch [...]

RTB Finds Gordon Nelson Inc. Had Ulterior Motives in Issuing Mass Evictions

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Seafield victory a big win in the fight against renovictions – but it comes at a high price for residents.
The Residential Tenancy Branch found this week that Gordon Nelson Inc. did not meet the test of good faith in their application to mass evict tenants at 1436 Pendrell St for “renovations”.
The dispute resolution officer stated [...]

Pay 73% More or the Building Gets It!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

It’s rare that Seafielders post articles that appear in the media on their homepage – but this is an article that was contributed to the Vancouver Sun today by the West End’s MLA, Spencer Chandra Herbert. Spencer has been a big supporter of all of us at the Seafield since day one – and has [...]

Gordon Nelson Pursue 73% Rent Increase and Mass Renoviction Simultaneously

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

‘Tis the season to be greedy.
Seafield residents learned that Gordon Nelson Inc. has applied for a Judicial Review of the recent RTO decision denying them an up-to 73% rent increase at the Seafield Apartments.
GNI intends to have the case reviewed at the Supreme Court in hopes that the decision, which found that they did not [...]

Gordon Nelson Reneging on Renoviction Offer to “End Tenancies Amicably”

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Seafield tenants learned yesterday that Gordon Nelson Inc. (GNI) are withdrawing their offer to “end tenancies amicably” for their upcoming renovations by way of an email sent to their group email address.
GNI are reneging on the offer, which mainly consisted of what they would be required to do by law, two days after residents went [...]

Tenants at Seafield Apartments Dealing with Renovictions

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Another group of tenants in Vancouver’s West End is speaking out against the so-called “renovictions.” People living at the Seafield Apartments received eviction notices just 10 days after fighting off a planned rent increase, but they are vowing to continue their fight.
Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says the notices came after the [...]

Vancouver Mayor Rallies with Alleged Renoviction Victims

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling on the provincial government to close a loophole that allows landlords to evict tenants, perform minor repairs and then bump up the rent in their suites.
Robertson spoke at a rally of frustrated renters in the West End on Sunday, saying the city is powerless to protect them from so-called [...]

Seafield Residents Say: Let Us Live in Peace

Monday, December 6th, 2010

CKNW Vancouver
So called ‘renovictions‘ are happening again in the West End and need to be stopped. That according to residents of the Seafield apartment building.
They say renovations aren’t necessary and eviction notices from building management claiming they are, are nothing more than a cash grab.
Ten days ago the Residential Tenancy Branch ruled in favour of [...]

West End tenants vow to fight renovictions

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

By Andy Ivens
The Province
Tenants in a West End apartment building are vowing to fight the mass eviction notices they received from their landlord, which they have labelled “renovictions.”
But Jason Gordon, co-owner of Gordon Nelson Investments Inc. (GNI), says his company needs to retrofit the 79-year-old building because its electrical system is shot and the building [...]

Mayor supports ‘renoviction’ victims at rally

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

By Tiffany Crawford
Vancouver Sun
Residents of a West End apartment who feel they are the victims of a legal loophole that allows for “renovictions” gathered in the street today to protest their landlord’s decision.
An elderly man battling cancer and a pregnant woman were among the throng of angered and desperate tenants holding signs outside Seafield Apartments [...]

Gordon Nelson Target 84-Year-Old Man Battling Cancer and Pregnant Woman in Mass Renoviction

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

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 [...]