Tenants say surprise evictions remind them of 'Scrooge'
A group of tenants in a Regina apartment building say an unexpected notice of eviction, for everyone who lives there, reminds them of the character "Scrooge".
The tenants live in the Viva apartments on Rae Street in the city's Cathedral neighbourhood.
They say the surprise notice, telling them to vacate by the end of January, 2014, began with a note two months ago that the owner was planning minor renovations to the building.
They said that first note did not suggest anyone would have to leave, even temporarily. It was followed, however, with a notice that the planned renovations required everyone to move out.
"It's a struggle," Angela McLean, one of the residents, told CBC News. "I don't know where I am going to be in two months from now. I don't know where I am going to be when the holiday season ends. How I am going to find a place to live?"
Residents told CBC News they plan to fight the evictions. They said they have also launched a social media campaign, dubbed 'Evict Scrooge', to draw attention to their situation.
Saskatchewan's office of Residential Tenancies said the notices follow the rules. However, they did provide information to tenants outlining how to proceed if they disagree with an eviction notice.
Mohammed Foisan said the eviction is especially difficult for him, as he had just moved his family into the building in November.
"It's too much because it is a hard winter, an extreme winter," he said. "How can we find another house anywhere?"
A community-based social services agency, Carmichael Outreach, has been in touch with residents to offer help in finding new places to live.