Tenants claim illegal eviction from former Quality Inn
Resident Robert Dal Passo brought a court order with him, but was not allowed into his room. (CTV)
Published Sunday, February 14, 2016 7:17PM PST
Tenants claiming they were illegally evicted from their homes at the former Quality Inn on Howe Street gathered outside the building Sunday to tell their stories.
Among them was Robert Dal Passo, who brought with him an order from the B.C. Supreme Court mandating that his former landlord let him back into his room and give him possession of his property inside -- at least until the next court hearing for his complaints.
The landlord did not come out to meet him.
“This is the type of reaction that all of us get all the time because we’re on the lower end of the food chain,” Dal Passo told reporters outside the building.
The city opened the inn for temporary housing in 2014. The building is operated by Community Builders Benevolence Foundation, which subleases the property from the city - itself leasing the building from its owners.
Dal Passo had been living at the building for 14 months before he was kicked out - allegedly illegally - due to his room being a fire hazard.
He said he will be back at the former Quality Inn tomorrow to continue his attempts to get through to his landlord.
The building’s staff wasn’t available for comment Sunday.