Thirty three low-income tenants - half of them physically or mentally disabled - got a temporary stay of eviction Wednesday after local help agencies negotiated a reprieve with a Chinese investor who is buying Whalley's Oasis Hotel for $5.6 million.
Shyla Cuddeford, a housing income support advocate for the Newton Advocacy Group, said at press time Wednesday afternoon that Apolla Developments Ltd. is now going to let the tenants stay on until Nov. 21, with one month's free rent.
Before that, the tenants had feared they would be thrown out without notice. One of them, Leonard Fanjoy, 54, had broken his back 11 months ago during a construction accident at a Newton hotel and since December has been paying $425 per month for a room at the Oasis.
He and other tenants congregated at Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston's constituency office Wednesday morning.
Tempers were high before the postponement deal was hammered out.
"I think it's wrong," Fanjoy said of the prospect of being evicted without notice. "Someone's got to step up to the plate and do something - the new owners want everybody out of there by some time this month."
Sunny Singh, a real estate investor, said he'd hoped to buy the hotel at 10662 King George Blvd. himself but his bid was unsuccessful.
"A new purchaser doesn't want the tenants. It's as simple as that," Singh said.
"I want these people to stay." A representative of the purchaser declined to comment.
Ralston said the case illustrates how "people at the low end of market housing are really precariously housed."
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