where would you live if you were evicted?

Submitted by grinningnomad on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 10:16am.
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so about a week ago, all residents from one of the Clearview apartments at 1461 5th Ave received evictions notices. the owners are listing "repairs" that require residents to vacate as the reason for the evictions. it is believed that they plan to renovate the units, then sell these units with 100 year leases.

well thats nothing new to Fernie now is it. In fact, in May some of these same residents currently being evicted were evicted from Trinity apartments owned by the same company (in Burnaby) for the same reason. one resident states that in May they were told they could move to the Clearview apartments with the assurance that they could stay there for at least a year.

they have been in clearview for one month before receiving their next eviction notices.

now we all know it sucks to get evicted. and as far as i know the owner is well within their legal rights to do this.

here's what REALLY sucks.

one, these apartments have been in a state of disrepair with unhealthy living conditions for years now. and some residents have had an ongong battle to get repairs done to improve their quality of living. but now, instead of doing ongoing maintenance over the years to improve the standard of these units with minimal disruption to the lives of residents, the owner decides to kick every one out on the street at the worse possible time to try and find accommodation.

two, many of the folks living in these apartments are some of Fernie's most vulnerable community members. these are the people, we the community, need to be looking after- seniors, single parents, the sick, people on disability pensions and people who even more than most of us cannot afford the incredibly excessive cost of living here in our quaint village. these are the people who don't have any other option. if they did, they certainly wouldnt be living in these apartments where you breath in bacteria when you sleep. they dont have the excess cash to pay more rent, they dont have the friends or family to help them out, they dont have the vehicle to live further out in the 'burbs.

so where will these resident go? where is the available, clean, accessible, affordable housing for them??

as far i know, all the current designated affordable housing units are full and there are waitlists for them too.

i get trying to make an extra buck. if i was in Burnaby and i owned some apartment blocks in Fernie that if i renovated, i could tap into the secondary home owners market and make some serious cash, i'd probably do the same thing. and if i could find a legal loophole around the current moratorium i'd probably do that too.

But I live in Fernie. I believe in Fernie and I believe the Fernites taking care of each other. And I believe in ACTION.

so here's my question, what are we, Fernie, going to do about this?

cause if we don't do anything about it, who will?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Submitted by V on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 2:57pm
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This can't be legal. I don't know much about tenants rights in BC but after living and renting in Quebec for many years there is no way that a landlord can just kick tenants out like that. Typically the tenant has more rights than the landlord in order to protect the tenant from exactly this type of situation.

Also, to list the reason as "repairs" is bullshit. They are absolutley going to renovate the apartments to sell them or strata title them. The City must be aware of this.

The tenants of Clearview need to get together and seek legal advice.

Submitted by megadude on Thu, 06/09/2007 - 9:07am
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Now with this kind of BS going on, do you honestly believe in your city council and mayor to come up with some decent affordable housing. Those inept clowns can't even keep the poor that we have already in their own homes. Meanwhile Mayor McCheese keeps smiling away and glad handing every rich schmuck who wants to exploit this town into oblivion. Last I heard, there was a moratorium on changing anymore existing apartments into condos, but as you see, there is always a way around this, that is if Macnair and council haven't already thrown that away. These apartment block owners will simply "relocate" their tenants to upgrade the building, then have them reapply to move into the new digs. And how much do you suppose the rents will be then? If they're paying $500 to $600 or so now, you can bet it will be several hundred more if not double and that's how you weed out what you don't want. They want those buildings to produce high revenue, pure and simple and by raising the rents to drive out the young people and the less fortunate (Read: undesirables), those properties will be more attractive to renters with more ability to pay.

Christ, you have to enter a lottery draw to win a chance at buying a lot on the old Ridgemont School grounds. They'll wait and see how many people enter to gauge what the value of those lots will be....they aren't listed with a price yet. Sheesh...
there is just no end to the level of greed in this town. Good work on that one Macnair, that was a big chunk of land that could have been used for public housing but nope, you sold us out again. I can't wait to see what they come up with for the Max Turyk property.

Face it folks, we're screwed. Council waited way too long on this one, and they still haven't come up with any kind of concrete plan to work on, a year after hiring that consulting group. Now winter's coming, there are tons of people with nowhere to live, another ski season and another year to watch the housing costs rise yet higher and not a goddamn thing being done about it. What can the people do about it? Nothing.
Short of pooling together a few million dollars and competing with the billionaire developers. You in Macnair?

Submitted by adventuresource on Thu, 06/09/2007 - 2:02pm
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you can not evict tenants in our area between certain months of the year. Go to the government agent get the info and contact the provincial landlord tenats office.

Submitted by alunastar on Thu, 06/09/2007 - 2:20pm
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I dont like Randall or the council. But yet they keep getting voted in? They don't care about anything but money...

Submitted by grinningnomad on Fri, 07/09/2007 - 12:01pm
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Adventuresource, is this through October - March though???

Submitted by rnelson on Tue, 11/09/2007 - 10:56am
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this will kill our community!

It is just a matter of time before each and every one of our apartment complexes kicks out the current tenants and turns them into condos.

These apartment complexes currently make up probably 90% of the "affordable housing" here in Fernie, and they currently house alot of the very people that make up this community.

I am trying to find a place to live right now, and there isn't much out there. Now with probably 60+ people kicked out of these apartments and the arrival of the seasonals the rental housing market is going to be VERY THIN this season...

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE LIVING ON THE STREET!

We have to stand up as a community and stop this from happening, there isn't much (if anything) our local government can do, this issue needs to brought to the Provincial and Federal housing authorities IMMEDIATELY! Or Fernie will cease to exist as we know it today (this could happen in a matter of months!)

Submitted by David R Gildea on Tue, 11/09/2007 - 2:54pm
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I am not sure what can be done regarding this matter, there are avenues open I would think, such as the provincial obudsmans office, and as renters I am sure they cannot just be evicted.
I would start making as much noise as I could, complain to City Council first, they have to issue permits for work being done and things like parking permits, then our MLA, the premiers office and the ombudsman.
I, for one have been supportive of developement in Fernie, having lived through times in this City when one did not know if you would have work or not, mine shut downs and various other things, developement seemed like the answer to a lot of problems, but like a lot of things it got out of control and really it would have been hard to predict the level of influx of people soley for recreational properties, even with a crystal ball.
It seems now that money or the thirst for it, is controlling decisions and developement in our City, and that is bad, a good friend of mine, years ago, used to say "be careful what you wish for, you might just get it" somewhere along the line our City fathers have dropped the ball, its easy to do, you get lulled into a false sense of security by the promise of more houses/condos and therefore more taxes, but at what cost ?
As I said earlier, I don't think there are any easy solutions, its the proverbial rock and a hard place, but I think we have to put the brakes on a bit, there are good developers around Fernie, they are not all bad, but somehow there has to be a way to tighten control especially over developers from out of town that appear to want to come in, build, sell and get out.

Submitted by sunripe on Tue, 11/09/2007 - 6:45pm
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i,m telling you block the highways , this will get the attention of the people, stop the $$ from flowing , burn tires and have a sit across ,

Submitted by rentinfernie on Thu, 13/09/2007 - 1:19pm
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What happened to all of the consultants and reports for the City - $100,000 down the tubes I guess.....they started two years ago at least and there has still not be a solution ......
The City always wants to be the entity to study a problem but never solve a problem.

There have been developers in the past that have offered affordable housing and additional community amenities as part of their plans and they have been chased out of town instead of people working with them. Growth is going to happen regardless of how much the staff and council resists.......

When are people going to see if you work with people - you can come up with solutions that can work in stead of hiring more consultants to tell us all what we already know.....

We could have achieved some goals in this area - but instead - for the people that think they cam stymie growth - this is usually what happens - a crisis with no means of dealing with it.....

Submitted by David R Gildea on Sun, 23/09/2007 - 2:50pm
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Now, before anybody jumps all over me, I am just putting this out there for thought , ideas and discussion.
This morning my wife and I went for breakfast at Mojo Risin' in the Royal Hotel ( it was excellent by the way) but whilst we were sitting there I was looking at the Elks Hall and thinking to myself, what a great old building, centrally located and ripe for renovation, what if the Order of Elks could be persuaded to sell, what if it could be purchased by the city(Hey, we bought the court house), what if local contractors and local suppliers could be persuaded to supply at cost materials and labour, could not a location such as this be an ideal home for at least half a dozen subsidized apartments for people on low incomes ?
Maybe, just maybe our provincial government could be persuaded to partake( they should be doing things like this anyway) instead of giving themselves hefty pay hikes or even, "heaven forbid" doing massive things like the Olympics !!!
Just for discussion people, any thoughts or comments?