News About Geographic Rent Increase

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 [...]

Seafielders Win Landmark Ruling in 73% Rent Increase Hearing

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Residents of the Seafield Apartments, at 1436 Pendrell Street in Vancouver, have received news that landlord Gordon Nelson Inc’s application for a 73% rent increase has been dismissed at the Residential Tenancy Office (RTO).
Residents endured a two-year legal battle that involved collecting extensive evidence demonstrating that their rents were in line with other similar apartments [...]

Gordon Nelson to Appeal BC Supreme Court Ruling on 38% Rent Increase

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Seafield residents received notice today that landlords Gordon Nelson Investments will seek an appeal of the BC Supreme Court ruling denying an up to 38% rent increase at 1436 Pendrell Street.
Madam Justice Loo of the BC Supreme Court overturned an RTO decision granting Gordon Nelson Investments an up to 38% rent increase last month because the decision [...]

West End Renters Triumph Against Landlords

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

By Jackie Wong
The West Ender
After more than a year of tenant-landlord conflict, residents of the West End’s Seafield apartment building were relieved last week to learn that the rent increases applied for by their landlords were overturned by the B.C. Supreme Court.
The January 12 judgement by Supreme Court Justice Linda Loo called the landlords’ application [...]

Judge Overturns Rent Increase in West End Building

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Darcy Wintonyk
CTVBC.ca
Gordon Nelson Investments has been ordered to refund tenants after a B.C. Supreme Court judge overturned an almost 40 per cent rent increase.
Justice Linda Loo found that a decision by the Residential Tenancy Office (RTO) to allow landlords Gordon Nelson Investments to raise rents at Seafield Apartments in April 2009 by 38 per cent [...]

Court Turns Back Rent Increases in West End Tenant Battle

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier
The Supreme Court of B.C. overturned Tuesday a controversial ruling by the Residential Tenancy Branch last year that would have allowed a West End landlord to increase rents by up to 38 per cent. Madam Justice Linda Loo call the initial ruling “patently unreasonable” and also ordered Gordon Nelson Investments to return all [...]

West End Rent Increase ‘Patently Unreasonable,’ Judge Rules

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Keith Fraser
The Province
Landlord ordered to refund paid increases; new hearing to be set
A judge has overturned a decision that allowed a landlord to raise rents in a Vancouver West End apartment building by up to 38 per cent.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Linda Loo called the April 2009 ruling by the Residential Tenancy Branch to [...]

‘Unreasonable’ Rent Increase Overturned by Judge

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

JEFF HODSON
METRO VANCOUVER
A landlord has been ordered to refund tenants of a West End apartment after a B.C. Supreme Court judge overturned an almost 40 per cent rent increase.
Madam Justice Linda Loo set aside an April 2009 decision by a residential tenancy officer (RTO) that had increased rents at the Seafield Apartments by as much [...]

Tenants Win Rent Fight

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Nafeesa Karim
CKNW
Residents of a West End apartment building are chalking up a victory thanks to the B-C Supreme Court.
Residents of the Seafield building on Pendrell Street were fighting against rent increases of up to 40 percent.
They took their protests to the Residential Tenancy Office, which allowed the increases.
Unhappy with that decision, they appealed to [...]

Judge Overturns Rent Hikes at Seafield Apartments in West End

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Matthew Burrows
Georgia Straight
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has overturned rent increases of up to 38 percent for tenants at the 14-unit Seafield Apartments in Vancouver.
In her judgment, Justice Linda Loo also ordered Gordon Nelson Investments, which owns the heritage building at 1436 Pendrell Street in the West End, to return the additional rent collected [...]

BC Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Seafield Tenants in Rent Increase Dispute

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Shauna Lewis
Xtra West

HOUSING / RTO decision awarding 38 percent rent increase ‘patently unreasonable’ : Justice Loo
A year-long battle with their landlords has paid off for the tenants of one West End residential complex after the BC Supreme Court ruled Jan 13 to overturn a 38 percent rent increase imposed on tenants last spring.
The court also [...]

Judge Overturns 38 Percent Rent Hike for West End Tenants

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

By Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER – A judge has overturned rent increases of up to 38 per cent for tenants of a West End building, finding the increase was “patently unreasonable.”
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Linda Loo ordered Gordon Nelson Investments, which owns the Seafield building at 1436 Pendrell Street, to return the additional rent collected since [...]

B.C. Supreme Court Overturns Gordon Nelson’s 38% Rent Increase

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Gordon Nelson Ordered to Refund Rents; Case to be Reheard
Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia overturned the ruling that allowed landlords Gordon Nelson Investments to increase rents at Seafield Apartments by up to 38%.  The case is remitted for rehearing by a different Dispute Resolution Officer at the Residential Tenancy Office.
Furthermore, the decision orders [...]

Mole Hill Residents Facing Geographic Rent Increases

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

There’s more bad news for West End renters as another group of tenants are battling geographic rent increases.
The “low-end of market” residents of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society  were recently served with notice of extraordinary rent increase through the  RTO.
The society plans to increase rents over two years, with requested increases of up to [...]

Rent Hikes Threaten Mole Hill Residents

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

By Jackie Wong
The West Ender
It’s not easy these days to raise a family in Vancouver on a modest income, but living in affordable rental housing should help to make the financial burden a little lighter. That’s why Arwen Brenneman and her husband, John, applied to live in the West End’s Mole Hill housing complex when [...]

Legislation Permits Evictions, Rent Increases

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By: Kristen Thompson
Metro Vancouver
Renters at the Berkeley Apartments on Bute Street yesterday joined the fight to amend the Residential Tenancy Act and protect Vancouverites from what they call unjust evictions.
West Enders, along with local NDP MLAs and B.C. NDP Leader Carole James, gathered outside the three-storey building where tenants recently received letters saying eviction notices [...]

Rents to Rise 38 Percent at the Seafield

Monday, April 27th, 2009

By Jackie Wong
The Tyee
An eight-month tenant-landlord battle in Vancouver’s West End came to a head this week following the public release of an April 2 decision from the Residential Tenancy Office that allows the new landlords of the Seafield apartments to issue 38 per cent rent increases to nine of the 14 units in the [...]

Way Cleared for 38% Hike in Heritage Apartment Rent

Friday, April 24th, 2009

WENDY STUECK
Globe and Mail
VANCOUVER — A Residential Tenancy Branch decision has cleared the way for rent increases of up to 38 per cent, or about $500 a month, for a majority of units in the Seafield Apartments, a heritage West End building whose tenants had banded together to fight the increases.
Residents of the building, who [...]

Tenants Balk at ‘Enormous’ Rent Increase

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Tenants of a West End apartment building are facing as much as 40 per cent rent increases, or $471 a month, after a ruling by the Residential Tenancy Office allowed their landlord to raise rents to that of comparable suites.
Advocates say renters all over B.C. should be wary of the decision at Seafield Apartments, because [...]

38% Rent Increase Upsets West End Residents

Friday, April 24th, 2009

KELSEA BLOXAM
METRO VANCOUVER
Residents at Seafield Apartments in Vancouver’s West End are facing a 38 per cent rent increase following a decision by the Residential Tenancy Office (RTO) Thursday.
Many residents are upset since the increase will make their rent unaffordable, according to New Democrat MLA Spencer Herbert.
The increase will affect nine units at Seafield, with rents [...]

Provincewide Rent Control ‘Effectively Dead,’ MLA Says

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Darah Hansen
Vancouver Sun
Renter advocates say tenants across British Columbia should brace themselves for “staggering” rent hikes in the wake of a decision giving a Vancouver corporate landlord the right to bump up rents in an apartment building by almost 40 per cent.
“Provincewide rent control is effectively dead as we know it,” said Spencer Herbert, [...]

West End Tenants Facing Huge Rent Increase

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Katharine Sawchuk and Dave White
NEWS 1130
Tenants in Seafield Apartments in Vancouver’s West End have been handed a 38 per cent rent increase. This is due to a regulation in the Residential Tenancy Act which lets landlords increase the rent if they can prove it’s significantly below market value.
Christine Ackerman with Renters at Risk says [...]

Vancouver Rent Dispute Ends in Split Decision by Arbitrator

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

CBC News
The Residential Tenancy Branch has handed down a split decision in a dispute between a group of tenants in the west end of Vancouver and their landlord.
The owners of the Seafield Apartments had applied to raise the rents in the building by as much as 73 per cent, well above the four per cent [...]

Seafield Residents’ Rent Increase Indicates End of Rent Control says Spencer Herbert

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

By Sandra Thomas
The Courier
West End NDP candidate Spencer Herbert says a decision by the Residential Tenancy Office to allow an almost 40 per cent rent increase at the Seafield Apartments in the West End signals the end of rent control.
“Rent control is effectively dead in this province,” said Herbert, who represented the former Vancouver-Burrard riding [...]

Seafield Residents Await Decision in Rent Hike Case

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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 [...]

Proposed Seafield Apartments Rent Increase Typical of Trend

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Normally, we don’t run articles from mainstream media on our homepage, but this article by Sandra Thomas that appeared in today’s Vancouver Courier gives an overview of not only the situation faced by Seafield Apartments residents, but the plight other renters face due to the gutting of the Residential Tenancy Act. She also talks [...]

Renters, Landlords Eye Crucial Seafield Arbitration Case

Friday, March 6th, 2009

With only a week away, Seafield Apartments residents are preparing for their hearing at the Residential Tenancy Office to dispute landlord Gordon Nelson Investment’s application for a geographic rent increase. Gordon Nelson is claiming that residents are paying up to 73% less than other renters who occupy similar units in the West End of Vancouver. [...]

Chris Nelson Talks About Rent Hikes at Seafield Apartments

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

By Matthew Burrows
Georgia Straight
A West End landlord seeking to jack up rents says he will consider negotiating with his tenants face to face at a March 11 dispute-resolution hearing rather than via conference call.
“If that is everyone’s wish, then we would consider it,” Chris Nelson, co-owner of the Seafield Apartments, told the Georgia Straight in [...]

Seafield Apartments Tenants Cry for Help

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier
In the 1987 movie Batteries Not Included, a pregnant woman, an elderly couple and an artist face eviction by a greedy developer anxious to tear down their building.
In the movie, the tenants are saved by tiny alien robots–which could come in handy in the West End, where a pregnant woman, an elderly couple [...]

Seafield Residents Protest Gordon Nelson’s Rent Hike

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

By Matt Kieltyka
24 Hours
The owner of a West End apartment building has no reservations about raising tenants’ rent by up to 73 per cent.
Jason Gordon, of Gordon Nelson Investments, took ownership of the 12-suite Seafield Apartment building at 1436 Pendrell Street last year and says the proposed rent increases are fair.
“It’s a competitive business and [...]