The remaining 13 tenants who've been given notice to clear out of a Whalley apartment building by the end of May are fighting for the right to stay put.
It's been a long battle.
Kwantlen Park Manor's landlord, Gurdyal Singh Sahota and his company Waterford Developments, were fined $115,000 last year under the Residential Tenancy Act for failing to repair the three-storey apartment building, at 12975 106th Ave., despite repeated orders from the Residential Tenancy Branch to do so.
This past Easter weekend, the 13 remaining tenants in the 31-unit building received eviction notices.
"Every tenant at Kwantlen Park Manor Apartments has been issued an eviction notice stating renovations to building as cause," one of the tenants, Donna Paterson, told the Now. "We went October to February without outside walls to the apartment, due to construction. Now that things are starting to look good we are getting evicted."
Paterson said the tenants were hit with a rent increase two weeks prior to getting their eviction notices.
"We're all trying to fight it. We're all upset," she said. For the past year Paterson has shared a two-bedroom suite with her son, paying $800 a month. Both are on disability pensions. It's "very hard" to find an affordable place to live, she said.
Paterson and other Kwantlen Park tenants intend to lodge complaints with the Residential Tenancy Branch.
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