An interim housing project at Vancouver’s former Quality Inn is back in the spotlight – as a resident who was illegally kicked out fights to get his home back.
Robert Del Passo says he was unfairly evicted from his unit in the Howe Street facility run by the Community Builders Foundation.
“The reason why I’m out of my place is that they tried to stick something on me which they couldn’t do.”
Tenant serving landlord papers to reinstate residency at Howe St transitional residence, site of multiple evictions pic.twitter.com/6F2eaLDxqn
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Del Passo says he was thrown out after trying to take the CBF to arbitration.
He sued his landlord, and won the case.
But he says since being forced out, he hasn’t even been able to get back into his unit and get his things.
“I’m hoping to get back into my premises where I feel comfortable, like you know it’s been two weeks since I’ve been in the same clothing and I need to take a shower…I’m a human being just like everybody else.”
Today, he attempted to serve them a Supreme Court order to reinstate him into his residence.
It took the assistance of two Vancouver police officers before Del Passo was able to serve the papers, he still won’t be able to get into his unit tomorrow.
“I wanna stay here until my time is up in August, so that way I continue doing what I have to do. I don’t wanna be facing the streets, and that’s where [they’re] putting me!”
Del Passo’s case is just one of a number of cases facing the landlord.
The City of Vancouver says Vancouver Fire and Rescue had deemed the man’s suite a fire hazard, and he no longer had access to it in order to protect his safety.
They add staff have been trying to work with Del Passo in order to find an alternative room in another building to ensure that he is in a safe place, however, the city says he has not been cooperative.