HomeBusinessA couple wins the right to stay in a Verden apartment even...

A couple wins the right to stay in a Verden apartment even though the building has been converted to supervised housing Achi-News

- Advertisement -
A couple wins the right to stay in a Verden apartment even though the building has been converted to supervised housing

 Achi-News

Achi news desk-

A couple are breathing a sigh of relief after winning the right to stay in their Verdun flat.

This is despite their building being converted into supervised housing for patients from Douglas Hospital

Dean Packham and Linda Lee may have been strangers when they moved into their apartment building nearly 50 years ago, but since then, they’ve fallen in love and raised a son together.

It all happened in their 5 1/2 on Björling Street.

In October 2023, the couple received an eviction notice. Their new landlord, a private company, cited the supervised housing for patients at Douglas Hospital.

It is part of a collaboration between the business, the Douglas and the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montreal.

“We are in a system that, even when it is used by the social services themselves, we are in a system that clearly lacks the protection of tenants’ rights,” said Cedric Dusseau, an attorney for tenants’ rights.

A local housing advocacy group reached out to the tenants to offer their help and knowledge.

“These are very vulnerable people who lived in this building. These were the elderly, newcomers, people on welfare living in this building,” said Kay Lockyer, Comité d’action des citoyen.nes de Verdun.

With the group’s support, Packham and Lee took their case to the Housing Court and won.

They cited a law that prohibits the eviction of tenants over the age of 70 and those who have lived in the apartment for more than 10 years.

“Otherwise, we had no chance. We didn’t know what to do,” Packham said.

As for other tenants, the regional health board says the private company has offered its help to relocate them.

In a statement to CTV News, CIUSSS says: “We are sure that all relocation procedures were carried out in accordance with the law, in a respectful manner and with the tenants’ interests in mind. No household was left homeless.”

Meanwhile, some advocates say more resources should be allocated to tenants.

“When you’re talking about seniors, you have a lot of people who know their rights, but they don’t necessarily have the time, the knowledge or the energy to fight back,” Dusseau said.

With their worries behind them, Packham and Lee are turning over a new page.

CTV News reached out to Ressources l’ascension, the business that now owns the Verdun buildings, but had not heard back by press time.

spot_img
RELATED ARTICLES

Most Popular