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‘Scofflaw’ Sahotas move to evict ACORN tenant instead of doing needed repairs, paying overdue $115,000 fine - ACORN Canada

‘Scofflaw’ Sahotas move to evict ACORN tenant instead of doing needed repairs, paying overdue $115,000 fine

Posted June 19, 2012

BC ACORN members and Sue Collard at press conference - July 19, 2012.ACORN member Sue Collard will be having a dispute resolution hearing this Thursday following an eviction order that that the landlord says is to facilitate needed repairs, but is actually a punitive move against a tenant who is fighting for her rights, and the rights of tenants across British Colombia.

The Sahotas were ordered to pay a fine of $115,000 in March of this year because of the condition of their buildings. The deadline to pay the administrative penalty passed more than a month ago, but the only action the Sahotas have taken has been to issue an eviction notice to the tenant who fought for it.

“On May 15th, the deadline for the payment of the administrative penalties fine, we were informed at that time that they (the Sahotas) were in negotiations with the RTO, including negotiating over the period of the negotiations.

BC ACORN members and Sue Collard at press conference - July 19, 2012.ACORN member Sue Collard will be having a dispute resolution hearing this Thursday following an eviction order that that the landlord says is to facilitate needed repairs, but is actually a punitive move against a tenant who is fighting for her rights, and the rights of tenants across British Colombia.

The Sahotas were ordered to pay a fine of $115,000 in March of this year because of the condition of their buildings. The deadline to pay the administrative penalty passed more than a month ago, but the only action the Sahotas have taken has been to issue an eviction notice to the tenant who fought for it.

“On May 15th, the deadline for the payment of the administrative penalties fine, we were informed at that time that they (the Sahotas) were in negotiations with the RTO, including negotiating over the period of the negotiations.

My understanding is that currently the RTO is continuing the negotiate with the Sahotas, despite the fact they have neither paid the fine, put the necessary repairs in place, are therefore still in non-compliance with an order issued more than a year ago and have STARTED to issue eviction notices.” – Susan Collard, Sahota tenant and ACORN member.

ACORN Canada recently won a Healthy Homes campaign in Surrey when council passed a standards of maintenance bylaw. ACORN Canada’s Healthy Homes campaign is now calling on the Provincial Government to enforce its decisions and take immediate action to strengthen protections for tenants, demanding that it use the full weight of its power to finally end the impunity with which the Sahota’s have operated.

ACORN Canada will be holding a Big Meeting on Healthy Homes to launch the next stage of the campaign. Come on out!

When: July 4th at 6:30 PM
Where: UFCW 1518 – 350 Columbia St New Westinster.

For more information or to talk with media spokespeople call 604 522 8707 or email bcacornva@acorncanada.org

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