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#1901 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 April 2024 - 01:21 PM

Tenants of a low-income apartment building in Esquimalt are looking for answers after they were all recently served with eviction notices.

Ahead of a tenancy branch hearing scheduled for May 2, the residents at 519 Sturdee Street are scrambling to fight the eviction order, find somewhere else to live and are calling on the government to protect vulnerable renters.

Residents have been offered $5,000 per unit to leave without challenging the evictions through the residential tenancy branch. Ilene Koculyn, 68, is one of 30 people to receive eviction notices. While some are taking the buyout, Koculyn is not.



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What’s a low income apartment?

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Posted 30 April 2024 - 01:25 PM

Along with advocates from Together Against Poverty Society, the residents are calling for better compensation for tenants facing renoviction, and are asking all levels of government to better protect vulnerable renters living in similar buildings.

Ironically, that building was recently used as a filming location in the Netflix miniseries Maid -- where it was portrayed as a subsidized housing site.

https://www.cfax1070...-speak-out.html

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 April 2024 - 01:25 PM.


#1903 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 May 2024 - 01:26 AM

Ilene Koculyn says she could end up with no place to live come September if a planned eviction for renovations goes ahead at her Esquimalt apartment building.

 

“This is just ridiculous,” said Koculyn, who has lived in the building at 519 Sturdee St. for 13 years. “People are considered throwaways.”

 

The 68-year-old retiree pays $830 a month for a one-bedroom unit, out of a pension of about $1,800 a month.

 

Koculyn said she’s resigned to her fate and has already started packing, in hopes one of her friends might be able to take her in.

 

“We need affordable rentals,” she said. “There are so many people — they’re all in the same boat.”

 

Every tenant in the 30-suite building has received an eviction notice for September to allow for repairs, said Douglas King, executive director of Together Against Poverty Society, which held a news conference at the complex on Tuesday.

 

“That means the landlord is trying to basically clear out the entire building so that the building can be renovated.”

 

Rents could roughly double as a result, he said. Monthly rents at the site currently range from about $8oo to about $1,500, with some tenants having been there for up to 20 years.

 

 

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 May 2024 - 01:27 AM.


#1904 dasmo

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Posted 01 May 2024 - 07:16 AM

Does she know it’s because of students being actively recruited to come here to “attend” online schools? 1,000,000 last year alone. With many companies doing the recruiting. One getting a whopping $300,000,000 in investment and their sole aim is recruiting foreign students to come here.

#1905 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2024 - 05:51 AM

Capital Daily:



Victoria one-bedroom units’ average asking rents remain above $2,100, and two-beds above $2,700, per the latest Rentals.ca report. The April marks of $2,113 (10th in Canada) and $2,769 (6th) are up 5% and 6% from the rental site’s report from this time a year ago.

The region hit these thresholds last fall and has mostly hovered in that range since then, though two-beds have actually declined slightly after peaking above $2,900. Currently Vancouver, Burnaby, and Toronto are all above $3,000.

The latest report from Zumper, another rental listings site whose report covers fewer cities, has those priciest cities becoming even pricier recently, with all three rising for the first time since last year. That report had Victoria 4th-worst in Canada for one-bedroom costs, with asking prices again around that $2,100 threshold.

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#1906 spanky123

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Posted 19 May 2024 - 09:13 AM

^ Not disagreeing that rents have gone up, but the problem with these sites is that the sample sizes are really small and often are heavily weighted by management companies rather than individual landlords.



#1907 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2024 - 09:21 AM

Well, anyone can just go to FB Marketplace and or Craigslist or Devon Properties and see where we are at.



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Posted 19 May 2024 - 11:08 AM

This is what mi

 

^ Not disagreeing that rents have gone up, but the problem with these sites is that the sample sizes are really small and often are heavily weighted by management companies rather than individual landlords.

This is what MMI will get rid of. All those illegal cash based affordable suites in those SFHs.... 


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