North Vancouver residents face renoviction struggle in pandemic

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May 18, 2021 – Elisia Seeber/North Shore News

“I’m extremely concerned about the landlord’s behaviour, but especially concerned about the safety and welfare of the residents,” Bowinn Ma, North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA, said. Ma has been guiding residents through the difficult situation, including hosting a virtual town hall with a legal advocate from the Tenant Resource Advisory Council and helping tenants to file disputes with the Residential Tenancy Branch.

Ma said she reached out to the building manager, asking them to be more flexible with their tenants during this already difficult time, and was disappointed with the response that “they were just following the rules.”

“I would be more inclined to believe their commitment to the rules if they hadn’t also received multiple stop work orders from WorkSafeBC and the city for violations of some pretty clear safety requirements in terms of their renovations that they’re proceeding,” she said.

“I’m really disappointed in what appears to be a lack of compassion for the situation.”

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