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Mass Evictions in Victoria Highlight need for strong “RENOVICTIONS” legislation.

What’s getting done? Victoria, B.C. Community Resources Vancouver Island Resources BC Provincial Canadian Federal
What’s getting done? Victoria, B.C. Community Resources Vancouver Island Resources BC Provincial Canadian Federal
Last Wednesday evening 32 residents of 2626 Cook St. were surprised to come home to eviction notices on their doors.  Their apartment building is slated for renovations and now dozens of residents will be forced to move out of their homes.  Victoria currently has a 0.5 vacancy rate and the 32 residents of 2626 Cook St. will need to join the masses of other Victoria residents who are currently looking for secure and affordable housing. “I was shocked. This has been my home for two years and many of my neighbours have been in this building for decades. The stress of this unexpected upheaving is going to be massive for myself and my neighbours,” said Richard Gillett a resident of the building. “This is yet another example of property owners in Victoria taking advantage of the current market phenomenon at the expense of current residents. Cases like this are adding up to create the grim and growing reality of homelessness in our city”. Advocates from Together Against Poverty Society point out that this is a growing trend in a tight housing market and that immediate action is needed to protect tenants. “In the current context of Victoria’s housing crisis, this is one more example of why we need the immediate enactment of Provincial Legislation which allow tenants to return to their homes at their same monthly rent when renovations are complete” said Emily Rogers, Legal Advocate for the Together Against Poverty Society. “It appears that the landlords of 2626 Cook St. have followed the law as it stands.  These 32 people will now face significantly higher rents, which could mean they will be without a home, clearly showing the need for more tenant protections” said Yuka Kurokawa Legal Advocate for the Together Against Poverty Society. The tenants of 2626 Cook St. will need to leave their apartments at the end of March 30, 2017   Media, for interviews or more information, please contact: Emily Rogers, Legal Advocate, TAPS 250-361-3521 Yuka Kurokawa, Legal Advocate, TAPS 250-361-3521 Richard Gillett, Resident of 2626 Cook Street, TAPS 250-361-3521
Monday, January 23, 2017    Victoria, BC, Canada.