Plan A achieves new low with intensive “greed eviction” campaign against Pendrell tenants

When residents at 1168 Pendrell learned their modest but clean and updated West End apartment building had changed ownership last month, they had no idea what the new landlord had in store.

Plan A Real Estate Services Ltd., the oddly-named new ownership group, waited barely 24 hours before achieving a new low in abusive treatment of tenants. In the 22 business days that followed, residents received 16 separate tenant notices posted on each resident’s door, with some experiencing serial eviction notices.

That’s why I was glad to join NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert at today’s news conference to protest Plan A’s actions.

When tenants approached me last month about Plan A’s apparent plan to convert the entire building to Air BnB-type short term rentals, I was able to ensure city staff warned the new owners that their plans were illegal under city bylaws regulating short-term rentals.  (Many American cities are confronting the same problem.)

The threat of short-term rental has eased, but Plan B continues to press tenants to hit the road, with measures ranging from threatened eviction to higher laundry fees.

It seems, says Chandra-Herbert, like a simple “greed eviction,” based on some scheme to extract superprofits from this building. But the Pendrell tenants are standing strong.

Plan A should be thinking about Plan B: respectful operation of a clean, affordable building with long-term tenants remaining in place.