The owner is now considering demolishing the building; “We really need a miracle,” says tenant who couldn’t find new accommodation
After months of anxiety and uncertainty sparked by eviction notices and legal disputes, tenants at the Barrie Road apartment are staying put – for now.
Angela Coley, who has resided at the property for five years, said Palm Tree Investments was reversing its earlier plan to evict residents from the four-plex apartment at 201 Barrie Rd. The previous story on this issue August can be found here.
Coley said at a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing on the matter this week, the arbitrator rejected the eviction plan, saying the landlord did not have the proper permits and also made mistakes in the documents submitted.
“They didn’t have the city’s permits to renovate,” Coley explained. “They would have to tear down the units to do what they basically want to do, and they just submitted the site plans.”
Coley said the company is now planning to demolish some of the units and is expected to apply for a demolition permit in the coming days.
Coley and other apartment complex residents claimed earlier that Palm Tree Investments was unfairly serving residents with a letter of intent to evict for renovation – something called an N-13 form.
Residents believe Palm Tree Investments’ plan was to turn each of the single-family units into two separate units, paving the way for them to evict current tenants and increase rent for new tenants in an attempt to take advantage of stress in the housing and rental market.
“The landlord plans to drop off again in a day or two so that basically bought us three more months which is good as we have nowhere to go,” said Coley, who is one of several tenants. facing an uncertain future.
“We have been trying to negotiate with them for three months. I failed three contracts because we can’t get them. I could have gotten out of here a month ago, but we were pushed against a wall with nowhere to go, “she said.
Coley, a personal support worker at Trillium Manor, says she hired a lawyer to help her navigate the situation.
“I really couldn’t afford to do that, I’m probably going to have to do without it a bit because when you pay for things on a line of credit, that’s what happens,” she said. declared.
For residents of the complex, their focus has shifted to finding housing before receiving another eviction notice, which they say is inevitable due to the owners’ new plan to demolish the building.
“It was difficult for us to find anything because we were basically reported to have gone to the media. Now we look like troublemakers. We really need a miracle, ”Coley said.
Wasaga Beach-based company Palm Tree Investments could not be reached for comment in time for the publication of this article.