Up to 35 Surrey families are scrambling for a roof tonight after they say they were evicted with little notice — reportedly because the building is “uninhabitable.”
Brenda Locke with the Surrey Urban Mission says residents of the Kwantlen Park Manor started turning up around noon, saying they’d been given to 6:30 p.m. to pack up and move out.
“One of the women that came to the mission, she was literally hyperventilating. And we had to get her to sit down, they were panicked, they were frazzled. They didn’t understand why they were evicted.”
The City of Surrey says it was on site today meeting with owners, but issued no order to clear the building.
In 2012, the same building’s owner Gurdyal Singh Sahota and his company, Waterford Developments, was fined $115,000 for failing to abide by a May 2011 agreement to address a chronically unattended leaking roof that led to mould and other damage.
A year later, in April 2013, residents of the building were issued eviction notices by Sahota.
CKNW has not been able to contact the building’s owners for comment and has not confirmed that Sahota is still the owner of Kwantlen Park Manor.