Elderly West End tenant evicted, blames rent grab
An elderly tenant who has been renting a West End suite with Hollyburn Properties for 41 years is being told to move out.
The company says it needs 82-year-old Lynn Stevens' apartment at Emerald Terrace on Nelson Street and one other unit as caretaker suites.
Stevens was given the option of moving into another suite, but at a higher rent.
"It was a horrendous shock," Stevens told CTV News. "I'm completely devastated, completely stressed out."
Stevens wouldn't reveal how much she pays in rent for her one-bedroom apartment, but suites in the building currently start at about $1,350 a month.
"Because she's a long-term resident, they haven't been able to bump up the rent like [they can] when there's vacancies," Stevens' son Brian Schramm said.
Emerald Terrace is the same rental building where Hollyburn threatened to evict 10 cat owners in 2009.
Those tenants took their case to the province's residential tenancy board and won.
NDP MLA Spencer Herbert said he's called on the BC Liberals to better balance the rights of renters and landlords so renters don't end up on the street because property managers want a rent grab.
CTV News tried contacting Hollyburn Properties for comment but received no response.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jina You