Anti-demoviction protesters are staging a sit-in in the office of Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan.
The occupation relates to allegations that evicted tenants of a Metrotown area apartment building are being denied fair compensation.
Burnaby’s Tenant Assistance Policy requires three months rent compensation for cases of mass eviction, while provincial legal requirement for most evictions is just one month.
Activists say tenants are getting the one month, and the city isn’t backing up its three-month policy.
The city of Burnaby says when the apartment was rezoned and slated for demolition, it signed an agreement with the developer that anyone who moved in subsequently wouldn’t qualify for the three-month compensation. It says that policy was very clear.
But activists say the developer lied to new tenants about the deal.
The issue of demolitions and evictions in Burnaby’s Metrotown area has been a flashpoint in recent months, with low-rise, low-income rentals being demolished to make way for high-density condo towers close to the SkyTrain.
The city is preparing to vote on a sweeping Metrotown Development Plan which would see the neighbourhood transformed into Burnaby’s “downtown,” while seeing thousands of apartment units rezoned and potentially facing the wrecking ball.