The City of Surrey’s trying to sort out what caused dozens of tenants of a Whalley apartment building to be evicted last night.
Surrey’s manager of bylaw enforcement and licencing Jas Rehal says inspectors were called out to “Kwantlen Park Manor” at 129th Street and 106th Avenue Thursday afternoon after getting reports of an unlicensed recovery home.
Rehal says it was after the inspectors left, tenants were forced to leave.
“It’s getting a bit messy and we’re going down there later today to talk to the owners and figure out what’s happening there.”
Rehal is asked if the building is on the city’s radar.
“In the past there’s been minor issues but nothing great, nothing big, no big issues just minor in nature, nothing to cause an evacuation.”
In August 2012 the director of the Residential Tenancy Branch made an order imposing a monetary penalty on the building’s landlord Gurdyal Sahota for failure to comply with an earlier order.
Instead of enforcing the administrative penalty, the director and Sahota negotiated an agreement.
Sahota agreed to comply with requirements under the tenancy act and any existing or future orders.
Among other things, engineers had found issues with ceilings in some of the suites.
Rehal says for now, city officials are still trying to sort out what’s going on.
“It’s concerning people are told to leave and it’s more concerning when it’s being pointed at the city that we’re issuing some sort of order for people to leave when that didn’t happen so that’s a big concern for us.”