Submitted by grinningnomad on Wed, 05/09/2007 - 10:16am.
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?
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