News About Spencer Herbert

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 [...]

NDP Candidate Slams West End Renovictions

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

CTV
Incumbent NDP candidate Spencer Herbert spoke to evicted tenants in Vancouver’s West End Monday, re-stating his party’s promise to end the series of “renovictions” in the province.
Herbert held the press conference on the steps of the Berkeley apartment building on Bute St., after all of the building’s remaining tenants were served eviction notices over 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, [...]

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 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 [...]

Gordon Nelson Investments Looking to Increase Rents by Hundreds

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The Vancouver Sun does a great job of discussing geographic rent increases, what they mean and the various legalities surrounding this eviction/rent-gouging strategy.
By Catherine Rolfsen
Vancouver Sun
Several West End renters, including an elderly brother and sister who’ve occupied their apartment for nearly half a century, are facing potentially hundreds of dollars in rent increases from [...]

The Real Reason Tenants are Being Turfed by Hollyburn

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Province does a good job in this article Seafield Apartments residents found today. Jon Ferry dismantles Hollyburn’s rationale for evicting Emerald Terrace tenants who have pets. Allergies? Come on.
Jon Ferry
The Province
Tshoo . . . tshoo. As my pals will tell you, I’m an allergic guy who reacts badly to everything from dust mites to [...]

Pet Owners Challenging Hollyburn’s Latest Eviction Notices

Monday, January 12th, 2009

It is very interesting to see Allan Wasel demand over and over again that Hollyburn has a no-pets policy as shown in this article. In fact, Hollyburn does allow new tenants across the street from Emerald Terrace to keep pets. Seafielders learned this interesting tid bit afer atending the Emerald Terrace press conference last week. [...]

Tenants Told to Move Their Pets or Face Eviction: Hollyburn

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Catherine Rolfsen
Vancouver Sun
June MacGregor may soon face a terrible choice: her home or her beloved companion.
The 79-year-old is among seven tenants of Emerald Terrace — a West End apartment building recently bought by Hollyburn Properties — who are battling eviction notices issued because they have pets.
“I feel angry and I feel really, really upset,” said [...]

Spencer Herbert Backs West End Residents Fighting Eviction Over Pets

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

By Carlito Pablo
Georgia Straight
A number of tenants in a West End apartment building are fighting to keep their units not just for themselves but for their pets as well.
The residents, according to Vancouver-Burrard NDP MLA Spencer Herbert, are contesting eviction notices issued to them by Hollyburn Properties, owner of the Emerald Terrace at 2045 Nelson [...]

Emerald Terrace Pet Owners Share Their Story

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Today, a few Seafield residents showed their support for pet owners at Emerald Terrace Apartments by attending their media event. Residents of the west end apartment building spent the afternoon sharing their story of harassment and intimidation by their landlord, Hollyburn Properties, simply because they own pets.
Residents of Emerald Terrace were fist issued notices of [...]

Rookie NDP MLA Spencer Herbert Hammers Liberals on Housing

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Spencer Herbert, newly elected NDP MLA, discussed the Seafield in his debut speech in the Provincial legislature, further adding emphasis to the grave issues West End residents face due to loopholes in the Residential Tenancy Act.
By Charlie Smith
The Georgia Straight
Veteran Liberal MLAs must have wondered, “Who is the hell is this kid? And where the [...]