Humans of Burnaby
Evicted on Christmas Day (1 of 3)
“After my landlord decided to sell, their realtor put an eviction notice on my door on Christmas Eve after making up some erroneous charges against me. I couldn’t believe that someone could do something so mean spirited. Because of the holiday season, it was difficult for me to find help right away.
I finally found an advocate at the BC Advocacy Centre who coached me on how to file for a dispute. At the hearing, the arbitrator told me that according to their records, I was late in filing. They told me that they were granting order of possession to the seller, which gave me 48 hours to get out of my home.
I scurried to get everything packed. By then, I had a second notice on my door from the Vancouver Eviction Services. When I called them, I broke down on the phone. I told them I couldn’t do it. I was 70 years old, with arthritis, having just had a hip replacement surgery. And more importantly, I didn’t have money to pay for storage and movers and I couldn’t possibly find a place to go!
They gave me the number of a mover who also had rentals. When I called, the man told me he had a master bedroom in a house with an ensuite bathroom. He told me the whole house was empty. I paid him $600 upfront for 1 month’s rent and for his movers.”
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